Hopped Up

Hops at The Alchemist Pub

Hops are used in making beer. They are an amazingly fast growing vine, and quite lush. The Alchemist Brew Pub in Waterbury, Vermont is one of our customers. We get to watch the vines climb up their brick wall each summer as we make weekly deliveries. This is the same place where I photographed the flower the other day.

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10 thoughts on “Hopped Up

  1. Hey! I eat there. Great place. I’ve seen the hops they’re around the side of the building. Most years they cover that wall but they’re not so big this year. Must be the dryness.

  2. Every time I see your “Eye in the Sunflower” I chortle. How’d you do that? Is it just moisture?

    Years ago I read that the active ingredient in Hops that makes beer soporific (aside from the big dose of carbs) is the same tetrahydracannabinol that is the soporific/hallucinogenic ingredient in pot. Some folks were touting the process of grafting hop vine starts to Cannabis Indica rootstock; same family. Claimed those hops had more of the thc, still had hop flavor,and so made “sleepytime beer”. Fascinating! Of course, with all the DA offices looking to seize property under the zero tolerance nonsense, I wouldn’t advocate anyone experimenting now.

    • I’m completely innocent of setting up that water droplet and flower… It was there in the morning from the dew. Many mornings we get very heavy mists. We’re high enough up that we’re ‘in the clouds’. Our altitude isn’t much compared with the Rockies or such but we’re up above the local valley enough that we get that effect. The mist burns off quickly but everything is wet for a little while – a great time for getting photos as the colors are extra vibrant.

      Interesting about the hopped up hop technique. A local beer brewer had suggested I grow hops. I think they might do very well and would be a good nutrient feeder. I looked into it. The harvesting and processing of the hops is quite involved so I don’t think I could do it on any scale. The big growers have very flat land and very tall tractors. There are some great YouTube videos on this.

  3. I saw that pic, that vine and I thought (hoped) this is a contest and I know that is hops! So I was a tad disappointed that I won’t win a hot tub or a hot roller or a trip to Hawaii . . . but I am still glad I knew what it was! It grows wild in northern Missouri . . . and I admire it when it blooms. I never tried brewing with it tho — maybe I should cultivate it?

    • Try cultivating it. It grows so fast. I see it as a great way to put on an outer coat for a building that protects the structure from wind, rain, ice and snow. Get a thick layer going. Picking the hops would be a side benefit.

    • most of the flowers were in large clusters. This particular single flower was photographically dramatic, and where I could easily reach it. I have some photos looking up that the wall where the large clusters are but they did not come out good enough to be favored.

  4. We grow hops on our farm in the Catskills. They truly are an amazing plant. The majority of our crop goes into the making of delicious hop cheese. However, I would caution those who are thinking of planting them in that they are extremely prolific. Unattended their roots will take over an enormous area.

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