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GROWN IN THE BEST SOIL ON EARTH
 
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ABOUT ALTA VISTA

Alta Vista Farm Hops is located in Central New York at the center of the historic 19th century hops growing region. Our hops 

grow in honeyoye silt loam and we believe that this rich soil imparts unique flavor profiles to existing hop varieties. The growing numbers of micro and farm breweries in New York need high-quality ingredients and it is our commitment and pleasure to provide nine hop varieties to the craft brewing community.

 

Quality. Sustainability. Community. We are a family farm and are committed to our customers, employees, neighbors, and the soil and water we all share.

AVFH hops are delivered as T-90 pellets packaged in nitrogen-flushed, vacuum packed, mylar bags. All hop varieties are tested annually for Alpha Acids, Beta Acids, and Hop Storage Index in order to provide up to date, accurate readings for our brewer partners.

We are USA Hop Grower number NY518.

 

If you are interested in sourcing hops from our farm, please visit our contact page.

 
View from Alta Vista Farm. Northern Brewer on the left, Nugget on the right.

HOP VARIETIES

We have nine varieties growing at Alta Vista Farm. We are expanding the hop yard and if you are interested in a variety that we do not currently have, please email.  We would love to hear from more local brewers.

Heritage Hops, Historic Hops, Feral Hops, Wild Hops, New York State Hops, New York State Grown and Certified,
 
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HERITAGE HOPS

Currently, we are growing four different Heritage hops at Alta Vista Farm. The plants were found growing wild at four different spots around Otsego and Schoharie Counties. They have all been propagated and are grown in segregated areas of the hop yard. The four varieties are harvested, dried and processed separately in order to better understand, and track, the unique characteristics of each one.

 

Speculation is that most of the hops grown during the Golden Age of hops in New York were a strain of Cluster or Fuggle. The Alphas and Betas of these hops are in the same range as Cluster and Fuggle, but the aromas vary. We are awaiting the results of more testing, including DNA.

Click on the images below to read more about each wild hop and the aromas as described by some brewer friends.

 
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HISTORY

Alta Vista Farm was established in the mid-1700s. The current farmhouse and big barn were built in the 1880s. The last commercial farming operation, a dairy farm, ended in the 1960s. The Fink family purchased the farm in 1975. Conrad has taken over from his father and has been actively managing the farm for several years.

 

The passage of the New York State Farm Brewery legislation, coupled with his desire to bring the farm back into operation, spurred Conrad's decision to plant hops.  The first one-third of an acre of hops were planted in 2014. He loved hop farming and expanded the yard to 2.5 acres, building the full trellis in the summer of 2015. 

 

A long-time business owner, Conrad is an enthusiastic supporter of the brewer entrepreneurs building their businesses and is dedicated to growing premium New York State grown hops for them.

 

Conrad wants to help those beginning their careers so, starting in 2016, we have hired interns from the SUNY Cobleskill Plant Science program. They have been great workers, knowledgeable and very enthusiastic and have been a great asset.

 
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BREWER PARTNERS

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Contact

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Alta Vista Farm Hops

108 Pine Ridge Road

Cherry Valley, NY 13320