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November 7, 2013

Weird Things Can Happen in a Hop Field at One in the Morning

Weird things can happen in a hop field at one in the morning.  Stuffing a surprise 200 lb. bale of mystery hops into an already full cargo van is one thing. Also though, envelopment in the overwhelming aroma of hops and the dark walls of nearby trellised fields can bring a long-time brewer feelings of introspection and sentimentality.  Follow a hop farmer through his fields in the dark, and a long connection with a bine called humulus lupulus, becomes deeper, more intrinsic. There is also evidence of hard work reaping rewards, hope in a strong future, and a recognition that things in the brewing industry are changing.

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