Monday, June 22, 2015

Ann Arbor man seeks crowd-funding to grow hops (ingredient in beer) - Ann Arbor’s first Hop Farm

Written by  Paul Starr
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Ann Arbor resident Louis Breskman is seeking crowd-funding on Kickstarter, the popular campaign site to fund the growth of a completely off-grid and soon to be solar-powered hop farm. Named Groovy Hopster Farm, this farm is a first for the area, intended to benefit large and small Michigan craft brewers.
Hops, a traditional ingredient found in beer are often sourced from Washington State. With the recent rapid growth of the craft beer industry and the inclining presence of hop-heavy beers, hops are in increasingly high demand. “Even the most common varieties are hard to come by now,” Breskman states, “and there is absolutely no reason why we can’t grow the same quality, if not better hops right here in Michigan.”

With over ten acres of land, Breskman expects to grow 4,000 hop plants this season. Additional plans for farm development include a solar-powered, off-grid tasting house that will one day be open to the public and feature beer made from local, small-time brewers.

Breskman is hopeful he can raise funds via Kickstarter to carry on with the development of the farm. “Experienced Brewers tell us that it’s not the first or second harvest, but actually the third where the hop is best for making beer,” Breskman states. “We’ve got a long road ahead of us, but with the community’s help it will be a lot easier.”

Breskman expects the farm to not only aid the local craft beer industry, but to improve the local economy, as it is already the source of multiple jobs, and potentially even more as development continues. “I may have gotten into this because I love a good craft beer, but by keeping our money and jobs right here in Michigan we are essentially building something so much bigger.”

To help Louis Breskman build Groovy Hopster Farm, be sure to visit

Link to Kickstarter Event Here



Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.