Written by hop farmers and craft brewery owners Laura Ten Eyck and Dietrich Gehring, The Hop Grower's Handbook is a beautifully photographed and illustrated book that weaves the story of their Helderberg Hop Farm with the colorful history of New York and New England hop farming, relays horticultural information about the unusual hop plant and the mysterious resins it produces that give beer a distinctively bitter flavor, and includes an overview of the numerous native, heirloom, and modern varieties of hops and their purposes. The authors also provide an easy-to-understand explanation of the beer-brewing process critical for hop growers to understand in order be able to provide the high-quality product brewers want to buy along with recipes from a few of their favorite home and micro-brewers.
The book also provides readers with detailed information on:
Selecting, preparing, and designing a hop yard site, including irrigation;
Tending to the hops, with details on best practices to manage weeds, insects, and diseases; and,
Harvesting, drying, analyzing, processing, and pricing hops for market.