University of Vermont

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6th Annual Hop Conference

February 20, 2015 

Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Conference and registration information to follow. Please check back!

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Burlington Brewery Tour

Saturday, February 21, 2015
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Interested in local beer? Join us for a tour of local breweries – each incorporating Vermont grown hops and other local products into their brews.

We’ll visit Switchback Brewery, Citizen Cider, and Vermont Pub and Brewery, all within 1.5 miles of downtown Burlington.

The tour is free and not directly related to the Hop Conference. You’ll need to provide your own transportation and are responsible for the purchase of any alcoholic beverages.

If you are interested in participating, sign up while registering online or contact Susan Brouillette at, 1-800-639-2130 (toll-free in Vt. only) or 802-524-6501.

Join us for our 6th Annual Hop Conference! This year’s hop conference will be packed with research-based and practical information that will help you have a successful hop business!

  • Learn from experienced local growers
    Tom Barse co-owner of Stillpoint Farm in Maryland will share his hop experiences including equipment innovations, weeding with sheep, and building a farmer-brewer relationship.

    Rick Pedersen from Pedersen Farms in Seneca Castle, NY will describe what it takes to scale up hop production, from labor requirements to processing and everything in between. Rick currently produces 20 acres of hops, up from 2 acres just a few years ago.
  • Hop Quality
    Zac German from Yakima-Chief Hopunion LLC will tell us tales from a hop quality testing lab, the good, the bad, and the ugly including variety trueness to type, expectations of new vs. mature root stock, cone quality and harvest timing, and picking and kilning best practices.
  • Pest management in the Hopyard
    Lily Calderwood and Scott Lewins from UVM Extension’s NW Crops and Soils team will give a talk on statewide scouting and integrated pest management options including pest control products, cover crops, and varietal resistance.
  • Fine tuning your hop growing system
    Representatives from Haas, a leading company in hop production, will guide us through critical production and processing practices that lead to success.
  • Equipment innovations
    Get an update from Julian Post from UVM Extension’s NW Crops and Soils team on the latest and greatest hop harvesting equipment in our region.
  • Connecting with local brewers
    Local brewers will provide their perspective on how best to establish a connection with brewers in your community. Kurt Staudter from Vermont Brewers Association will facilitate a diverse panel of brewers.


Please register online below. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Susan Brouillette at 802-524-6501 or 1-800-639-2130 or by February 6, 2015 so we may assist you.


We welcome sponsors and exhibitors at the Hops Conference and we will need to gather this information before January 16, 2015. If you are interested, please contact Susan Brouillette at 802-524-6501 or at Thank you!

Thanks to our sponsors for helping make the conference possible.

Bronze Level
  • Fehr
  • Hops Harvester
  • Northeast Hop Alliance
  • Steenland Manufacturing
  • Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
  • US Hop Source
  • Worm Power
  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • USDA Risk Management Agency

Any reference to commercial products, trade names, or brand names is for information only, and no endorsement or approval is intended.

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