We’re proud to be the subject of this week’s RBJ featured article!
Read “Business Hopping” from the Rochester Business Journal
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.
HOPS FARM TOUR
SATURDAY, August 10th, 2013
FEATURING TWO LOCAL GROWERS
IN THEIR SECOND YEAR OF OPERATION
The Bluebell Hopyard
319 Cline Road
Victor, NY 14564
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.
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.