MHGA Annual Meeting and Workshop

March 29, 2019 12:45 PM to March 30, 2019 3:30 PM
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Turtles 1890 Social Centre
112 Lewis St S
Shakopee, MN 55379


Friday March 29th

12:45 PM Registration opens

1:30-4:30 Introduction to Commercial Hop Growing

This workshop is intended for persons considering growing hops commercially.  Growing hops commercially requires significant investment up front and is labor intensive.  This workshop is presented by growers who can explain these realities. 


  • An overview of the Minnesota Hop Growers Association

  • Overview of hop growing

    • Site selection

    • Choosing varieties

    • Designing & building a trellis

    • Designing and building an irrigation system

    • Planting & stringing

    • Pest management

  • Harvesting & Post Harvest Work

    • Harvesters & the labor of harvesting

    • Processing (baling, drying, milling, pelleting, packaging)

  • Marketing

    • How to sell your hops

  • Economics of hop growing

    • Costs - from start-up through production

4:30- 5:30 Pizza, wings and salad buffet. 

5:30 - 8:00 PM Social time, vendors and poster presentations 

Saturday March 30th

8:00 AM Registration Opens

8:30-9:30 MHGA Business meeting - John Brach

9:30 - 9:45 Break (Visit vendors and poster presenters)

9:45-10:30    "Hop Quality From Bine to Brew", Joe Colyn, Originz, LLC

10:30-11:15  "Hop Flavor Mysteries and Revelations", Patricia Aron, Rahr Malting

11:15-12:00 "Essential Oil Profile of MN vs.PNW Cascade Hops", Tim Hinze and Ben Boo

12:00- 1:00 Lunch - Soup and sandwich buffet  (Visit with vendors and poster presenters)

1:00- 1:45 "Food Safety, Why it Matters", Joe Colyn, Originz, LLC

1:45 – 2:30  "Hop Powdery Mildew, Two is Company and Three is a Crowd", Josh Havill, U of M

2:30 -2:45 Break (Visit with vendors and poster presenters)

2:45- 3:15 Panel Discussion: "Hop Quality Perspectives from the Supply Chain"  Ben Boo, Grower; Joe Colyn, Food Consultant; Derek Allmendinger, Brewer

3:15-3:30  Wrap up and comment forms


This conference is supported by North Central SARE


$40.00 Saturday-Only Member Ticket

$95.00 Saturday-Only Non-Member Ticket