Hop harvest and brew with Jailbreak

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Last Thursday, we harvested our hops alongside members of the Jailbreak Brewing Company crew. Once out of the ground, we hightailed it down to the brewery and had them in the boil in just a few hours. I will be posting more, but wanted to put some pictures up in the meantime.

How to start your own hop farm. Part 1: Picking the right varietal(s)

Ever since visiting Belgium and seeing the hop farms that seemed to populate every field in every small town, I have been drawn to the idea of farming hops. I think this feeling is only natural for a beer lover who traveled to Belgium with no plan other than to drink lots of beers with his best friend. Continue reading

Wet Hop Pickles (Hop Pickles 2.0)

Admittedly, my first go at hop pickles¬†produced a recipe for pickles which were aggressively flavored. The pickles were as polarizing as pickles can get. There was no general consensus on them and some people wanted more and some wanted less of each and every ingredient in the jar. This is the major impetus for creating a new hop pickle recipe. This recipe will be more mainstream and pedestrian, but I’m okay with that. I think I am at least.

For my newest recipe, we have a confluence of things occurring.

  • This year’s hop harvest is happening next Thursday! (very exciting) This year we have partnered with Jailbreak Brewing Company¬†and will be brewing with the wet hops the same day they are harvested. I’ll be posting about that next week.
  • My garden is exploding with fresh cucumbers. Technically, they are bush pickles, a type of cucumber. I planted about 8 plants and I have a lot of cucumbers ready for pickling.
  • While cucumbers are aplenty, my pepper plants are looking pretty weak. The weather this year has been very wet, cloudy and unusually cold, so the peppers aren’t going into the jar like I had hoped.

What this all is to say is that this time around, I’m going to make pickles which are more traditional. I plan to use my hops, cucumbers and dill from the garden and add a small amount of garlic to make simpler pickles. Can’t wait!

Pepper Hop Pickle Recipe

Ever since I saw this Washington Post article on Dogfish Head and Brooklyn Brine’s collaboration on hop pickles that retail for $8.99 (or McClure’s Pickles for $13!) and subsequently being disappointed by the lack of taste, I wanted to make them myself. Continue reading