Though we are about 5 months from hop harvest season here in Oregon, our friends at Crosby Hop Farm just sent us over this great video that gives us a behind the scenes look at its farm. The video features Blake Crosby, Managing Director, demonstrates how Crosby Hop Farm balances science with art.
The Crosby family has been growing hops for over 100 years in Woodburn, OR. However during this past century the hop varieties has changed. In the late 1800’s the Crosby family was growing one or possibly two hop varieties but to meet today’s craft brewer demands they now grow over 75 varieties.
Now a fifth-generation farm that is Salmon-Safe Certified, the Crosby family grows, processes, stores and distributes a wide range of whole leaf hops and craft-inspired hop pellets to the craft brewing industry. Its offerings include more than 75 varieties from around the globe, proprietary selections, organic and experimental hops. Focused on quality and innovation, its operations include the state-of-the art hop harvesting, laboratory and pellet processing infrastructure required to deliver a premium, consistent hop product from the farm to any size brewing facility.
Be on the lookout for the debut of the next video release from Crosby Hop Farm as it will feature breweries from across the country and its working relationship with the farm.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.