Having taken up homebrewing lately, I decided to take it a step further and grow my own hops. After doing some research regarding growing hops in Georgia, of which there is very little information, I picked up the book The Homebrewer’s Garden. The section on hops is really short but has some good information on how to plant, care for, and harvest your own hops.
After waiting a few weeks for the hop rhizomes to become available, I ordered from Freshops on March 1st and received my goods a few days later. I ordered three varieties: Cascade, Chinook, and Willamette.
This past weekend I planted them on the farm up in Bogart. It was the first nice weekend of the year and was a great excuse to get outside and have fun on the tractor. The hops are split into three rows, one for each variety.
There are 23 vines (Freshops sent me extra Willamette on accident). From what I’ve read we won’t get much off them in the first year. Next year I hope to be drowning in hops.
More photos are here.