Hop Production for the Wisconsin Craft Brew Industry Workshop scheduled for March

hops conferenceCarl Duley, 608-685-6256, carl.duley@wisc.edu
Tim Rehbein, 608-637-5276, timothy.rehbein@ces.uwex.edu

If you’re interested in growing hops and barley make plans to attend the 5th annual seminar on hop and barley production on March 1 hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

As more small craft beer breweries open in Wisconsin, the demand for quality locally grown hops is increasing noted workshop coordinators, Tim Rehbein, UW-Extension Vernon County agriculture agent and Carl Duley, UW-Extension Buffalo County agriculture agent.

The workshop will be held at The Great Dane Brewery, 2305 Sherman Street, Wausau on March 1 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and will explore the possibilities and challenges associated with production of hops and barley.

Topics and speakers include:

— Dr. Thomas Shellhammer; Oregon State University; Professor and Hop Researcher; “History of Hop Research and Fermentation Studies at OSU, Introduction to Hop Quality” and “Hop Quality: the Brewer’s Perspective on what is Important for Brewing”
— Bo Bélanger; Brew Master and Owner; South Shore Brewing; President – WI Brewers Guild; “Wisconsin Brewer’s Guild Perspective on Local Hops and Barley”
— Dr. Amanda Gevens, UW-Extension Plant Pathologist; “Hop Disease: What we saw in 2013”
— Ruth Genger, UW-Madison, Plant Path. Lab; “The Clean Hop Rhizome Program Update”
— Jane Larson, Worker Protection Program Specialist, WDATCP and Jennifer Statz, Environmental Enforcement Specialsit, WDATCP; “Worker Protection Standard for Hop Producers”
— Tim Rehbein and Carl Duley, UW-Extension agriculture agents; Update on Grants and Projects—Summer Field Day/Tours
— Mike Zamzow, Owner and Brewmaster; Bull Falls Brewery;“Case Study of a Wisconsin Hopped Beer”
— Dan Weber, Brewmaster; The Great Dane Brewing Company in Wausau; “Our Beer With Our Food”
— Lunatic Fringe Farms; “Our Story of Building a Hop Harvester”

Registration fees are $50 per person and include materials, a light breakfast, lunch and breaks. The registration deadline is Feb. 20 and is limited to the first 125 paid participants. Please send registration information and payment-checks made payable to UW-Extension, to UW-Extension Vernon County office, Suite 392 318 Fairlane Drive, Viroqua, WI 54665. Registration form and brochure can be found at http://buffalo.extension.wisc.edu/agriculture/barley-and-hops/

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