Beer Quotes

"When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let's all get drunk and go to heaven!"
- George Bernard Shaw
"When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading."
- Paul Hornung
"Beer: helping ugly people have sex since 3000 B.C."
- W.C. Fields
"24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not."
- H.L. Mencken
"Beer: The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems."
- Homer Simpson
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
- Benjamin Franklin*
"To some it's a six-pack, to me it's a 'support group.' Salvation in a can!"
- Leo Durocher
"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
"Sometimes when I reflect on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. think, 'It is better to drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.'"
- Babe Ruth
"Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza."
- Dave Barry

Bluebell Hopyard in (585) Magazine



Bluebell Hopyard is in the news again! (585) Magazine’s March/April issue just published an article called “The Future of Farming: Hops provide a booming option for agricultural entrepreneurs.” The article features a one page story and a few photos of our hop yard. (585) Magazine can be found at Wegmans, Tops, Parkleigh, Worldwide News, Hegedorn’s, Wades Market and others. Some folks even get it in the mail for free. If you get a chance, check it out.

Beer Business Booming in Rochester

Channel 8 did a fine story featuring Bluebell Hopyard’s Fred Armstrong and Kurt Charland, as well as our friends at ROC Brewing!


On a Thursday night, it’s not hard to find a beer tasting room open for business.

“It’s just a a crazy explosion right now and I think people want quality and local,” said Chris Spinelli, co-owner of Roc Brewing Co.

“I think it’s great! I say the more, the merrier,” said Jon Mervine, co-owner of Roc Brewing Co.

Tourists flock to the Finger Lakes region for the wine.

Now they are flocking for the craft beer.

“You are looking at nine to twelve breweries by the end of the year in the greater Rochester area and if you spread to Finger Lakes you are pushing up into the fifties.”

This beer is brewed in small batches.

Many times local ingredients are used like hops.

“They are the personality behind every beer,” said Mervine.

They turn to farmers like the guys from Bluebell Hopyard in Victor.

“We grow a premium product, we hand touch every plant almost on a daily basis, we are out there literally talking to the plants so they are ready in the spring to grow,” said Kurt Charland, a partner in Bluebell Hopyard.

On nearly two acres of land, Bluebell Hopyard is growing several varieties of hops.

They plan to harvest their third season this summer.

“It seems like literally, every couple of weeks there is a new brewery opening up somewhere, do you have hops do you have hops form this year’s harvest,” said Fred Armstrong, a partner in Bluebell Hopyard.

Armstrong said many people don’t realize the rich history of hops in New York State.

Before prohibition, 85-percent of the nation’s hops were grown in New York.

New York is booming again with hops and beer.

This August the hope is that thousands will come to the Hopsfest in East Bloomfield at the new brewery, Nedloh Brewing Co.

“It allows the breweries to show their wares,” said Mervine.

More details about the Hopsfest will be unveiled Friday morning. The goal is to make it not just a beer festival, but an educational event on beer-making as well.


Bluebell Hopyard featured in Rochester Business Journal


We’re proud to be the subject of this week’s RBJ featured article!

Read “Business Hopping” from the Rochester Business Journal

Bluebell Hops in Local Beers

Fairport Brewing Co. tapped the first keg of Bluebell Pale Ale, a wet hop harvest ale made with fresh cascade hops picked at the Bluebell Hopyard. Stop by the  FBC Pub and get yourself a tasty pint today!

Roc Brewing and Abandoned Brewing both have beers in the works using Bluebell Hops and should be on tap in the next few weeks.

Victor Brewery, slated to open later this fall, plans on using hops from our harvest this year as well.

Tour the Hopyard on August 10th!


SATURDAY, August 10th, 2013


The Bluebell Hopyard
319 Cline Road
Victor, NY 14564

Schmidt Farm
415 County Road 8
Farmington, NY 14425

Please join us to learn more about what hops are, what they look like and how they grow.

The Bluebell Hopyard, owned and operated by Rob Potter, Fred Armstrong & Kurt Charland is currently growing Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Glacier, Willamette, Nugget and Heirloom Cluster. The Heirloom Cluster was grown on the Armstrong property & Valentown Museum property in the 19th century.

Schmidt Farm, owned and operated by Stephan Schmidt is currently growing four varieties of hops: Centennial, Chinook, Cascade and Willamette. Cascade & Centennial are an Aroma hop while Willamette is a Bittering hop. Chinook has both Aroma and Bittering properties.