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Farm to Pint: Harvesting Hops on the 42nd Parallel

There has been so much attention to Buffalo’s micro breweries recently, that we almost forgot to talk about the hop farms that drive the industry. The Buffalo region was once a hotbed for hop growing. At one time it was the #1 hop growing region throughout the country!

In August, 42 North Brewing spent a day at the hop farm, picking hops, drinking beer, and recounting the importance of locally grown hop harvests. It wasn’t that long ago that any brewery doing business in Buffalo had to look beyond the immediate WNY border to source hops. Today the breweries are working with the farmers, to grow their respective industries together.

What this all amounts to is simple. Breweries like 42 North can produce the freshest beers around, which is how they can compete with the big guns. As for the hops seen in the video? “We are releasing the 20A Red Rye IPA tomorrow (Thursday, September 29) at 4pm in the 42N taproom,” said Justine Powers at 42 North Brewing. “The beer will feature the hops, which were made into wet hops the next day.”

42 North Brewing |25 Pine Street | East Aurora, NY 14052 | (716) 805-7500 | Facebook

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