Bluebell Hopyard got its name from the Marquis/Bowerman family tradition that goes back well over 100 years. My wife Linda and her father Brice Bowerman Jr. has continued this local custom since her Grandfather Brice Bowerman Sr. got too old to operate his tractor.
Wild Bluebells grow across mud creek on our property. Family and friends, young and old are taken by tractor & wagon over to see acres of the beautiful Bluebell growing. They were gorgeous this year, and we had about 175 folks checking out not only the flowers but the new hopyard that has grown in the last year.
Thanks to all the friends and family who volunteered their planting skills on a cool and windy April weekend!
See more pictures here.
Looking forward to spring, when we’ll be completing our expansion with 800 new rhizomes!
The Bluebell Hopyard has expanded to 1.5 acres.
This make us one of the larger hop yards in New York State. There are only 30 hop yards 1 acre or larger.
Check out more new “expansion” photos.
Here’s your chance to sample Bluebell hops! Custom Brewcrafters’ Fresh Hop Harvest Ale will be available starting in the next week at select Rochester locations.
7408 Pittsford-Palmyra Road, Perinton [Confirmed! Now on tap!]
113 Pittsford-Palmyra Road, Macedon
Tap and Mallet
381 Gregory Street, Rochester [Confirmed! Now on tap!]
Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint
830 Jefferson Road, Henrietta
The Custom Brewcrafters Tasting Room
300 Village Square Blvd., Honeoye Falls [Confirmed! Now on tap!]
From the press release:
CB’s Fresh Hop Harvest Ale
In honor of our local hop farmers, our next CBs flip a tap product is abeer using fresh wet hops. Wet hops, a precious commodity, are baled before the drying process and must be used immediately. A portion of the hops used are sourced from two hop farms in Farmington, NY [including Bluebell Hopyard].
Flavors and aromas of this beer differ from beers using dried hops. Fresh Hop Harvest Ale offers citrus and piney qualities but also has herbal, vegetal, and earthy characteristics. This beer is all about the hops and has a lighter body to let the hops shine through.
Fresh Hops don’t last long, and neither will Fresh Hop Harvest Ale. This one-of-a-kind beer will be this fall’s feature in restaurants and bars throughout the area. Cheers! 4.5% abv.