UT Hop Yard Ribbon Cutting

Yee-Haw Brewing Company had the honor of partnering with the UT Institute of Agriculture, Yakima Chief Hops, and Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild to launch the new University of Tennessee Hop Yard.

Researchers and Extension specialists with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) teamed up to support the state’s growing craft brewery industry. This spring, a new UT Hop yard was constructed and planted at the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center Plant Science Unit in Knoxville, TN, and the Institute hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and educational event as part of the hopyard’s grand opening. The UT Hopyard will generate much-needed research data and provide a site for future educational hands-on demonstrations and training for hop producers and industry partners.

Bridging The Gap From Farm To Tap

The day kicked off with a ribbon-cutting at the hop yard, a hop yard tour, and specially brewed Yee-Haw Brewing Co. hop water. The program transitioned to Yee-Haw Brewing Company, Knoxville for an overview of how hops are included in and influence the brewing process. We were happy to host a panel discussion ‘Bridging the Gap from Farm to Tap’ featuring hop producers, brewers, and industry partners. Thanks to our friends below for joining the panel.

On The Panel:

  • Mike Witcher (moderator) – East TN Weather & homebrewer
  • Chris Meadows – Yee-Haw Brewing Company,Knoxville
  • Tim Moore – Blackberry Farm Brewery
  • Aaron McClain – Crafty Bastard Brewery
  • Stuart Gorman – Gatlinburg Brewing Company

Yee-Haw Brewing Company is a proud supporter of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Congrats y’all! More information about the UTIA can be found at https://utia.tennessee.edu/.

Learn More about the UTIA Hop Yard