The growth of popularity in local hops farming has been strong this year, but Fat Head’s Brewery in North Olmsted, Ohio, is putting a new twist on the home-grown craft. The brewery is giving away 50 potted hops plants — for free — in hopes that the public will raise the crop that will be used to wet-hop a new IPA, Hopportunity Knocks.
The “hop farmers” will get an exclusive invitation to taste the brew when it’s ready. Brewer Matt Cole said the brewpub would like to do a similar beer each year.
“Hopefully we’ll get some people who really want to do it because they are excited about growing hops and not just excited for a free plant,” he said.
This interesting hops-growing idea comes on the heels of an announcement that the Cleveland Brew Shop plans to convert a vacant city lot into a small-scale hop farm. It’s just another sign of the growing strength of Ohio’s craft beer industry, and its ability to support associated businesses.