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