Michigan Hops


Farming for Beer

The majority of commercial Hop production is grown in Washington state, but farmers are saying that Michigan is just getting started. With all the craft brewers starting up in the state of Michigan, Empire Hops is selling a large portion of it’s crop within Michigan. Empire Orchards in Leelanau County is one of the major

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Local Vets work at Empire Hops Farm

Ryan Paulton who grew up in Lake Leelanau and Eric Perez from Saginaw, are working for Empire Orchards. Both of whom served time in Afghanistan, and both received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds they received while serving as U.S. Army infantrymen. They were stationed at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska. Read this article that

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Hopping on the Hops

This region has been widely known for Cherries, Apples, Vineyards and now Hops. The growing conditions and available land has contributed to this widespread cash crop. Empire Hops harvested and processed 24 acres of hops last year — about 11,000 pounds of pellets. This year an estimated 50,000 pounds will be harvested by the company

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