Colorado Native Lager Kicks Off 2012 Volunteer Hop Grower Project

Want to grow hops for the greater good (of Colorado beer)? Here’s your chance! For the second year, AC Golden Brewing Co. is giving locals the opportunity to grow hops that’ll be included in their Colorado Native Lager.

On the heels of a very successful first year for volunteer hop growers, AC Golden Brewing Company is providing drinkers with another chance to grow hops for inclusion in its Colorado Native Lager. Those who sign up will receive two Chinook rhizomes from AC Golden, along with planting, growing, and harvesting information. Any harvested hops can be dropped off at Colorado Native Hop Drop parties around the state in the fall. The Chinooks will then be added to a Colorado Native brew.

In 2011, more than 500 consumers volunteered to grow hops for Colorado Native with over 125 achieving harvests. More than 60 pounds of volunteer hops were harvested and included in a brew.

To sign up, just ‘LIKE’ Colorado Native Lager on the Colorado Native Lager Facebook page. Then click on the Hop Growers Submission Tab posted on the left of the page and fill it out. On April 10, Chinook hop rhizomes will be mailed out to volunteers, along with planting and growing instructions. Since Colorado Native uses only Colorado ingredients, only hops grown in Colorado can be added to the brew.

AC Golden Brewing Company, located in Golden, CO, specializes in hand-crafted brews, including: Colorado Native Lager, an amber lager with 100 percent Colorado ingredients; Herman Joseph’s Private Reserve, a German-style lager; and Barmen, a pilsner.

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  • Richard

    I am looking how to plant my hop roots.