If you read the blog regularly then you probably know that I’ve been growing my own hops right here in Annapolis for about a year now. The hops are now into their second year and I’ve changed things up quite a bit. The plan this year is to have the hops grow over the yard to create a shaded canopy. I’ll setup a picnic table underneath and have my own hop covered beer garden.
The hops are doing really well right now, but I wanted to share some photos and thoughts from early in the spring when I was getting the plants started for the season.
The one thing I’ve asked myself in all this is, “why the hell am I growing my own hops when I can buy several varieties of hops from the local homebrew store or even online?” And the only real answer is “because I can.” I may as well be asking myself “why brew my own beer?” There is something deeply satisfying about pouring beautiful pints of a well crafted beer for yourself, family, or friends, and knowing you brewed it yourself. There is something about knowing every intricate detail about what went into a beer and how it was made.
Growing my own hops is just getting closer to the beer I make and drink. Getting my hands in the soil is a reminder that beer truly comes from the earth. It’s easy to forget that fact when your beer is served on draft at a bar, pulled out of the cooler at the local beer store, or consumed at a brewery while surrounded by stainless steel tanks and kettles.