Crafting quality hops with quality growers.
When we started Indie Hops in 2009, we knew we needed to build solid relationships with knowledgeable, forward-thinking growers. It is on farms and ranches that hop plants grow each year, loading the oils and acids into dangling hops that balance malty sweetness and add the hop flavors and aromas people love in beer.
Early in the process of setting up shop, we were fortunate to meet two exceptional growers–Gayle Goschie of Goschie Farms and John Coleman of Coleman Agriculture. Both had a rich history of growing hops and were open to the idea of targeting the craft market.
We started by contracting small fields of multiple public varieties with these growers. As our business grew, so did the number of acres that we planted with each farm. When our hop development efforts reached a point that required commercial testing grounds, we established advanced nurseries on these farms. And when we reached the exciting point of launching our own hop varieties into the market, it was with these farm partners that we planted the first commercial acreage.
Coleman Agriculture and Goschie Farms have been our primary growers since our humble beginnings, and remain so today. They grow beautiful hops and have been more than we could ask for in farm partners! We work closely with them to navigate the hop market and to ensure optimum character development and harvest timing for every variety that we supply.
In 2018, we could tell that market demand for Strata would increase, so we began broadening our grower relationships to expand acreage. We coordinate propagation and start with virus-free plants from cell cultures maintained in a lab to ensure healthy fields. We started working with F&B Farms in 2018 and Fobert Farms in 2019. In 2021, BC Hop Farms, B&D Farms and Sodbuster Farms all began growing Strata fields for us as well. We’re super happy to be working with these excellent growers.
We also are happy to have partnerships in place with Crosby Hop Farm in Oregon and Roy Farms in Washington state. Both are outstanding hop growers and suppliers that have been licensed to grow and supply our unique varieties to the very diverse and expansive market of USA breweries.
Each of these growers take pride in growing high quality hops. We bring our own passion; and together, we are committed to crafting the highest quality hops for brewers.
Goschie Farms has in many ways been a leader in sustainable agriculture. Hop growing efforts are led by Gayle Goschie, a fourth generation farmer and third generation hop grower, with brothers Glenn and Gordie providing solid support.
Sixth-generation growers, Coleman Agriculture brings excellence and innovation to hop growing. Cultivating more than 8,000 acres of farmland, this family of growers takes pride in producing high-quality hops, hazelnuts, seed crops, and vegetables.
EXPANDING GROWER NETWORK
As demand for our varieties grows, so does our network of exceptional growers
F & B Farms and Nursery
Not only do F & B supply us with excellent hops, they are also leaders in hop propagation. With the commercial launch of Strata, we enlisted their propagation team to ensure healthy hop plants for expansion. We continue to rely on their expertise as we expand Strata and launch new varieties.
After years of driving down Fobert Road as a shortcut to our mill–and admiring the peaceful, well-kept setting–it’s particularly satisfying that we started growing hops with them in 2019. The first crop was successful, and we are pleased to continue expanding acreage with such capable growers and neighbors.
BC Hop Farms
We bought some nice US Goldings hops from Lone Oak Hop Farms back in our early days, which was Brandon Davidson’s start in the family hop business. Now Brandon is at the helm of the mothership – BC Hop Farms- and we’re happy to be back in action with him.
B & D Hop Farms
Fourth generation hop growers Ben and Dave Smith are keeping the family hop heritage alive in good form, like growing “top shelf” Cascade hops good enough to win the coveted Cascade Cup. We’re looking forward to an opening harvest of Strata hops from B&D in 2022!
Sodbuster Farms have been growing excellent hops for a long time, and we’re pleased that their early harvest window has opened up, giving us the opportunity to work together. On top of a proven track record, their Mission Bottom location is a favorite locale of our new hop Strata, and happy hops mean happy brewers!
GROWERS AND SUPPLIERS
These farms help us meet demand for Strata in the diverse USA market
OREGON: CROSBY HOP FARM
In 2018 we enlisted our neighbors, Crosby Hops, to sell Strata in the US. We supply bulk volumes of Strata hop bales to them, which they are authorized to process, package and distribute. Additionally, we have licensed Crosby Hop Farm to grow a portion of the Strata they sell on their own farm.
WASHINGTON: ROY FARMS
Wanting to have a Washington grown Strata option, we pursued a trial field in 2016 with Roy Farms. It took three growing seasons for the plants to adapt to the Yakima Valley, but they did adapt and a nice version of Strata hops resulted. Roy Farms is licensed to grow, process and sell Strata to US breweries.