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About Gorst Valley Hops About Gorst Valley Hops

James Altwies, director at Gorst Valley Hops, proudly shows off some of their locally grown hops.Gorst Valley Hops was founded on the idea that Wisconsin farmers can provide high quality hops to Wisconsin brewers. A mere century ago, Sauk county in the state of Wisconsin accounted for 1/5th of the worlds hop production. However, non-sustainable farming practices and a lack of species knowledge led to a rapid decline in hops production in the late 1800’s. We believe in reviving this once thriving and dominant hops production industry of the Midwest. Gorst Valley Hops is committed to providing high quality pelletized and leaf hops to everyone from craft brewers to home brewers while maximizing environmental stewardship through sustainable practices from farming through processing

We believe that direct communication between growers and brewers will produce higher quality products with reasonable and consistent prices. Local production with an emphasis on hop varieties that work well in beers brewed for a Midwestern beer drinker will produce a product that is both superior in flavor and will provide a marketing advantage to brewers who use local ingredients where possible. 

We have assembled a team with decades of experience in production horticulture, engineering, plant physiology, equipment design, environmental science and information technology to accomplish this goal. To that affect we offer our knowledge and services in the growth and processing of hops to all Midwest farmers. 

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History of Hops


Classes are full!

101/201 Workshops in February 2015

Registration Is Now Closed

The upcoming workshops are now full.  Our next sessions will be held in late Sept / early Oct.  Please join the mailing list at the top of the page to be notified when registration opens.


Hops Plants for 2015

2015??? That's right, it's time to start planning now. We have established a biosecure greenhouse facility and are taking deposits for live hops plants for your 2015 planting. Learn more about live hops plants and the ordering process here.

Hops 301: Field Lab Workshop

Registration Closed

Join us on-site at our 20 acre hop yard for this continuation of our popular Hop Production workshop series. Click here for more details about Hops 301.

Press Release: Best Practices Guide

We are happy to announce that the Hop Processing Best Practices Guide is finished and available for download.  Please see our Education page for more information and read the Press Release.

Brewing & Beer Styles

UW is hosting a two-day Brewing & Beer Styles workshop on 1/27 and 1/28, with instructors including our own James Altwies.  For more information please check out their website.


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