Trellis to Table

A Podcast for Farmers and Brewers – New Episodes Every Thursday

Hitting the ol’ Dusty Trail

Hey folks!

It’s a long story – but Trellis to Table is going on hiatus for the time being. Listen to the episode – it’s only about twelve minutes long this week!

As always, if you haven’t checked out HopsHarvester.com you’re letting yourself and your business down. American designed, built and beloved, the Hopster 5P is the Air Jordan of small hop farming. Get into it.

Brewer, Grower, Entrepreneur: Bob Bero

I met Bob through the Trellis to Table Facebook page, and we had a really great conversation! He’s been involved in craft brewing and hop agriculture since pre-2000, and hearing his journey was both inspirational and educational.

Bob founded B-Hoppy, the original hop candy company, and hearing the background on a company that exists within the brewing and brewing agriculture world that is neither brewing nor growing was a fascinating tale.

This episode is brought to you by HopsHarvester.com, offering a mobile, reliable, and affordable option for hop harvesting equipment. The only implement of its kind, the HopsHarvester Hopster5P is engineered to satisfy the growing needs of hop farmers everywhere.

Show Notes

B Hoppy Website  | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

UVM Event with the Hopster5P Demo

John Bryce: Lupulin Exchange, Master Brewers Association, and Beyond

johnbryceAs we move out of our series on Michigan, I’m happy to have John Bryce on the podcast – John works at the Master Brewers Association of the Americas, has a brewpub project, consults on the side, and is a co-founder of the hop exchange startup, the Lupulin Exchange.

We talk about his journey, the future of brewing and sourcing, and how hops are purchased today and will be purchased tomorrow.

This episode is brought to you by HopsHarvester.com, offering a mobile, reliable, and affordable option for hop harvesting equipment. The only implement of its kind, the HopsHarvester Hopster5P is engineered to satisfy the growing needs of hop farmers everywhere.

Show Notes

Lupulin Exchange Website | Twitter | Facebook

Why Are Some Hop Varieties So Expensive Blog Post

Master Brewers Association of the Americas Website | Twitter | Facebook

Growing Hops at Churchkey Farms with Matt McFarland

12301466_1736746193215909_4985480554873844042_nToday’s interview is with a new hop farmer, Matt McFarland of Churchkey Farms, part of the fifth generation of folks growing on that land.

We talk about the import of relationships and focus, as well as the booming craft beer industry in Michigan and beyond.

This episode is brought to you by HopsHarvester.com, offering a mobile, reliable, and affordable option for hop harvesting equipment. The only implement of its kind, the HopsHarvester Hopster5P is engineered to satisfy the growing needs of hop farmers everywhere. Find out more at HopsHarvester.com

Show Links

Churchkey Farms Website | Facebook | Insta

Ashley McFarland Talks Michigan Barley!

McFarland_Ashley_2013-CroppedThis week, continuing on our tour of the great state of Michigan, we welcome Ashley McFarland, Coordinator for the MSU Extension Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center, where she spends a lot of time thinking, talking, and teaching about growing malting barley in Michigan.

This episode is brought to you by HopsHarvester.com, offering a mobile, reliable, and affordable option for hop harvesting equipment. The only implement of its kind, the HopsHarvester Hopster5P is engineered to satisfy the growing needs of hop farmers everywhere.

Show Links

Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference

Ashley’s page at MSU

MSU Malting Barley Page

MSU Malting Barley Newsletter Signup

Malting Michigan Barley with Erik May of Pilot Malt House

Pilot-2-e1422996068380Today’s interview, continuing our ongoing coverage of Michigan beer, beer agriculture, and the folks who provide it, is with Erik Mays, the brains behind Pilot Malthouse, which is a company that is just exploding right now!

We talk about business, we talk about protein levels, we talk about what success means for folks working as beer professionals today.

It’s also a special time in Trellis to Table history – it was around this time last summer when I was doing the first batch of interviews for the podcast. While this is episode number 48, it took me quite a while to get all of those first chats recorded, the web site built, and everything set up just-so. I’ve learned so much since then, it’s been a real pleasure to have had the chance to talk to so many inspiring professional brewers, farmers, and everyone in between.

This episode is brought to you by HopsHarvester.com, offering a mobile, reliable, and affordable option for hop harvesting equipment. The only implement of its kind, the HopsHarvester Hopster5P is engineered to satisfy the growing needs of hop farmers everywhere.

Show Links

Pilot Malt House Website / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram

Talking Organic and Growing Community with Blake Mazurek

tumblr_narnskUsAh1qcwh86o1_1280This interview with Blake Mazurek of Carr Creek Hops and Midwest Organic Hops was a great one! We cover a TON of ground – growing organic, value propositions, growing together as a farming community – we cover it all!

This episode is brought to you by HopsHarvester.com, offering a mobile, reliable, and affordable option for hop harvesting equipment. The only implement of its kind, the HopsHarvester Hopster5P is engineered to satisfy the growing needs of hop farmers everywhere.

Show Links:

Carr Creek Hops | Facebook

Midwest Organic Hops  | Facebook | Twitter

The Michigan Brewing Landscape with Scott Graham, Executive Director of the Michigan Brewer’s Guild

tkContinuing on our tour of Michigan, I am so stoked to present our interview with Scott Graham, Executive Director of the Michigan Brewer’s Guild.

Scott is so knowledgable about the history of beer and beer production in Michigan, having seen a decade of growth in the state. His insights are generous and helpful for anyone growing or brewing anywhere in the US.

This episode is brought to you by HopsHarvester.com, offering a mobile, reliable, and affordable option for hop harvesting equipment. The only implement of its kind, the HopsHarvester Hopster5P is engineered to satisfy the growing needs of hop farmers everywhere. Find out more at HopsHarvester.com

Show Links

Michigan Brewers Guild / Facebook / Twitter / Insta

 

John Bolan of Neptune Hops

159_Neptune_Hops_FinalJohn was the first person out of Michigan that I interviewed for Trellis to Table – it was the discussion you’re about to hear that inspired me to do our second ever podcast series on the great state of Michigan.

John, and Neptune Farms, are fairly new to the hop scene, but like all of the new farmers we’ve had on the podcast, he brings to the table all of the energy and excitement and fresh lessons that we can all gain from!

This episode is brought to you by HopsHarvester.com, offering a mobile, reliable, and affordable option for hop harvesting equipment. The only implement of its kind, the HopsHarvester Hopster5P is engineered to satisfy the growing needs of hop farmers everywhere.

Show Links:

Neptune Hops Website | Twitter

Rob Sirrine, Michigan Hop Extraordinaire

Sirrine_Rob_2014_CroppedI count myself lucky to be able to kick off our series on Michigan hops, barley and beer with Rob Sirrine, the Hop Educator at the MSU Extension program.

When researching craft brewing agriculture in Michigan, time and time again folks told me to reach out to Rob – so I did! This interview is a really special way to get this series started right.

We discuss progressive hop growers, we talk about innovation in hops, and we talk about the import of social connections for the modern farmer. A lot to cover, and I think you’re going to really like it!

This episode is brought to you by HopsHarvester.com, offering a mobile, reliable, and affordable option for hop harvesting equipment. The only implement of its kind, the HopsHarvester Hopster5P is engineered to satisfy the growing needs of hop farmers everywhere. Find out more at HopsHarvester.com

Show Links:

MSU Hops Program Website / Facebook / Twitter

Great Lakes Hop and Barley Convention 

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