This Spring we found ourselves with free time between batches. Armed with a shovel and a dream of growing our own hops, we dug with enthusiasm. With the trellis up, rhizomes planted and a green thumbs up from our local farmer/mentor, we looked over our field with pride. Gizmo Farm Works was born as the bines leapt out of the ground within weeks. By late July they were towering. With the goal of using the hops as fresh as possible, we cut them from the vine as we brewed. Though our intentions were pure, our idea of how long it would take to trim all these cones was flawed. We feverously trimmed cone after cone, stopping only to run and weigh how much we had picked before adding it to the kettle. It was the equivalent of throwing all your ingredients from pantry into a dish, then writing the recipe as it bakes. It was chaos. It was exhausting. It was perfectly imperfect.
Now that you know how it all started, here’s how it ends:
“Some kind of NC grown Wet Hop Pale Ale. This beer was hopped start to finish with fresh cut hops to achieve an unknown IBU. Whatever this brew you are holding in your and is, know it was crafted with hard work, experimentation, love, and the best intentions.”
See you Harvest 2016,