Gorst Valley Hops is now a licenced food processing plant, after passing inspection from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). According to DATCP, this makes us the first licensed hops processing facility in the Midwest. We are very proud of the fact that our growers and brewers can rest assured that at GVH we take quality control and cleanliness standards extremely seriously. Check out the official press release here.
Motion 414 | 06.13.2011
Motion 414 requires that craft brewers sell their beer to a distributor and repurchase it in order to serve it at their own establishments! It will severely limit the ability for our craft brewing partners to operate profitably. Write to your representatives and object to this ridiculous legislation! You can see a copy of Motion 414 here. Our response to the WI legislature, drafted with our friends at the Midwest Hops and Barley Co-op, can be found here.
2009 Agricultural Development and Diversification Grant | 05.20.2011
Furthermore Beer Announces "Hopperbolic" IPA with GVH Hops | 9.28.2010
A new IPA from our friends at Furthermore made locally with Gorst Valley Hops. To read the article .
Bringing Hops Production Back to Wisconsin | 8.18.2010
James Altwies launched Gorst Valley Hops in 2008 by bringing together a group of friends willing to take an ownership stake in the company — each with an area of expertise who could address specific elements in the process of reintroducing hops as a cash crop in Wisconsin.
To read the article .
Wisconsin Beers Brewed With Local High-Quality Hops | 7.22.2010
Agri-View has just published an interview with Gorst Valley Hops Director James Altwies. To read the article .
New York State Hops Institute | 3.20.2010
Gorst Valley Hops will be traveling to Utica, New York to help the Northeast Hop Alliance (NEHA) present its first ever Hops 101 Course. The workshop will take place March, 20 at the Saranac Brewery from 8am - 5pm. For complete details CLICK HERE.
Business Profile: Gorst Valley Hops | 1.29.2010 Wisconsin Eye Television - Madison, WI
Gorst Valley Hops is working to reintroduce hops in Wisconsin. The mission of the business is to provide farmers with a high-value crop that they can produce on small acreage within a system that returns the majority of the value of the crop back to the grower. In this program recorded at the WisconsinEye studios in Madison, James Altwies, the company’s director and horticulturist, and Christine Molling, the company's outreach specialist, joined Jason Fischer, WisconsinEye’s Business Profile host, to discuss.....WATCH VIDEO
Grants Aim to Boost Agriculture Innovation | 1.07.2010 The Business Journal of Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI
Eleven agriculture innovators will share $225,500 in grants for projects designed to strengthen, build or restore sectors of the Wisconsin agricultural industry. The Agricultural Diversification and Development Grants build on the state’s efforts to encourage innovation and diversity in agriculture, Wisconsin’s signature industry......READ MORE
Jumping on the Hop Crop Bandwagon | 12.28.2009 Wisconsin State Journal - Madison, WI
A team of hop enthusiasts is reaching out to Wisconsin landowners, offering the chance to become part of what they hope will become the state’s hop-growing revival. All you need to jump on the hop crop bandwagon — the product that provides the characteristic bitter taste to beer as well as its flowery aroma — is an acre of suitable farmland anywhere in Wisconsin.....READ MORE
Gorst Valley on NBC15-Madison | 12.15.2009
Hail to Small Scale Hop Farmers | 11.30.2009 The Country Today - Eau Claire, WI
Let’s face it: a hoppy beer is a happy beer. Homebrewers and commercial brewers alike know the range of nuances using “just the right hop” can add, whether bold or subtle, or in aroma or flavor. That’s why the recent world-wide hop shortage sent shock waves through the beer industry as a whole. From brewers, to sellers, to drinkers, nearly everyone felt the impact of a more meager variety selection and higher costs. ......READ MORE
Hopping Business | 3.05.2009 The Country Today - Eau Claire, WI
James Altwies says he believes the time is right to bring hops production back to Wisconsin.
Altwies and his partners at Gorst Valley Hops say Midwest beer makers are clamoring for hops grown locally instead of those imported from the Pacific Northwest or Europe. Gorst Valley officials hope to persuade Midwest landowners to plant hops and begin filling that void......READ MORE
The February workshops are now sold out. We
will hold 101 and 201 again post-2014 harvest, with scheduling
and registrations beginning toward the end of the summer.
Release: Best Practices
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
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.
We are no longer
accepting applications for the 2014 growing
season at this time.
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