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USA: Hydroponic Hops

USA: Hydroponic Hops

Colin Clark, founder of Hydro Hop Farms in Fort Collins, Colorado, is growing five varieties of hops from 2,000 plants packed at 45-degree angles inside a greenhouse. “Most hydroponic growing operations are limited to tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and things that have been proven to work,” says Colin. “I wanted to show that hops could work, too, and that it was economically feasible.” Colin’s hops are in hot demand with local microbreweries, including City Star Brewing, whose Hydro-Pony Express HYPA, a fresh-hopped beer brewed with huge Centennial and Columbus hop cones, may be the first-ever beer made by a commercial brewer with greenhouse-born hops. “They are bright green, sticky, and they smell great,” says John Way, City Star co-owner. “They don’t have any sunburn on the leaves that you get from the outdoor stuff. They are the perfect hops.” (Source: westword.com)