The Twisted Bine
We are committed to growing and selling premium organic hops to breweries and home brewers. We specialize in “wet hops” for those people located close enough for a pick-up or short delivery of the harvest so your hops will be as fresh as possible. The true definition of “wet hops” is green, un-dried hops, fresh from the field within twenty-four hours of the picking. Postal and express deliveries can be arranged, however shipping almost becomes cost prohibitive for “wet hops.” Joey Williams states “a wet hop compared to dried hops is like comparing fresh herbs to their dried counterparts. The dried version checks all of the necessary flavor boxes, but there is just something more dynamic about the fresh un-dried counterpart.” Our harvest and annual hop picking party is typically ready for picking in August or early September. Preorders for wet hops are available any time prior to the harvest by contacting us.

We also will have full height 15’-0 to 17’-0 bines with hops intact available, so you could have your own picking party either at your brewery or your home brew location. These bines with hops can also be used for decorative purposes at your brewery or home brew location.

Later after the harvest, dried hops will be made available for use throughout the winter months. All of those hops will be dried naturally and packaged in vacuum sealed Mylar packages for easy storage and resealing.

Hops can also be used to aid for insomnia and restlessness by using the dried flower cones in a tea or in hops pillows.

Those who want to give hops growing a chance can also purchase the rhizomes for starting your own hop yard.

All Organic
In 2007 the USDA allowed hops grown with chemical fertilizers and pesticides to be used in beer labeled organic, saying organic-hop production in the United States wasn’t big enough to keep up with demand from organic-beer makers. The ruling places hops on the list of about thirty products that don’t have to be organically produced to be used in food or beverage labeled organic. These lists of products are to be reviewed after four to five years to check if they would still be applicable.

In October of 2010 an oversight committee voted 6-0 in favor of recommending to the USDA the removal of hops from the list of organic-exempt ingredients. This was approved by the USDA and starting January 1, 2013 all products used in organic beers must be certified organic. This list now includes hops.