Founded in the spring of 2012, the Bluebell Hopyard is a small-scale venture for the environmentally sound cultivation of our favorite brewer’s ingredient – HOPS.
Our hops are grown on the Bowerman family farm, nestled within the rich farmlands of the Finger Lakes Region. Our hops share their home with whitetail deer, wild turkey, redtail hawks, bluebirds, and a host of other wild critters. The hop rows are situated along Ganargua Creek (AKA Mud Creek), catching full rays during the day and enveloped by thermal breezes at night. Mud creek is best known for its springtime bloom of it native Bluebells. Every spring folks gather to take a historic wagon ride across the creek into a patch of timber to view the beautiful indigo hue of the Bluebell bloom.
Agricultural production on the Bowerman farm dates back to the early 1900’s as a working dairy farm with crops that included corn and field grasses. To this day the dairy barns remain with a majority of acreage on the farm being cultivated with cash crop grains such as corn, wheat, and soy beans.
We have taken much care to ensure minimal environmental impact on the farm and surrounding forest habitats. We harvested local black locust trees for our trellis system and have used locally produced organic compost fertilizers to enrich the soils. The results, we hope, will be the finest hops to be found in our neck of the woods.
Bluebell Hopyard is located in the Town of Farmington, New York. Currently the yard is approximately 2 acres consisting of seven cultivars of over 1000 hills. Our yard is dedicated to growing premium New York State hops for home brewers, nano-breweries, micro-breweries and beyond. We pride our yard as being a sustainable practice with the goal of restoring a piece of New York’s agricultural history.
The Bluebell Hopyard includes a mix of aroma and high alpha hops. Our cultivars include Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Glacier, Nugget, and Willamette. We are also cultivating an Heirloom Cluster hop variety we call the BH Clusters. This heirloom hop was located and transplanted from the very farm Bluebell Hopyard was established on. We believe this historic hop variety to have sustained the test of time from when hops were the number one cash crop in New York State.
We offer premium freshly harvested wet and dried whole leaf hops for the brewing of regionally distinct lagers, pilsners, and specialty ales.