The Herald Bulletin

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Food

January 15, 2014

Hops demand grows as breweries bloom

Plants can take three years to mature for use in beer

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Salesman Wes Martin at Great Fermentations, a beer and wine making supplier in Indianapolis, said more customers have shown an interest in growing their own hops. The store sometimes allows customers to pre-order hop cuttings in the spring so they can grow their own supply, but the rest of Great Fermentations’ inventory is ready for customers to brew.

The store sells about 50 varieties of hop leaves and pellets, Martin said. Great Fermentations gets its supply mainly from the Pacific Northwest, although some do come from out of the country.

Kathleen Sprouse, agriculture and natural resources educator for the Madison County Purdue Extension, said even if the area’s residents aren’t sure if they want to harvest hops, they can still get in on the local food movement.

“Madison County’s soil is good for growing fruit,” she said. “So if people really wanted to, they could grow fruit for specialty beers.”

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