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    Drawn to craft beer, we found chaos and opportunity.

    In 2008, the hop industry didn’t give much thought to craft breweries. Global brewing companies dominated beer markets, and even craft breweries were largely fueled by hop scraps that fell from global brewery selection tables.

    We were in Oregon, and craft breweries had already become important to most communities here. It felt like a cultural movement, and state by state protectionist laws were faltering under the will of the people. Craft would spread, we believed, and they’d need their own hops.

    Roger majored in law at UT in Austin, with a minor in Shiner Bock. Jim majored in Anchor Steam at Stanford, with a minor in Economics. In the ’70s, we were snot-nosed kids in Corvallis, Oregon sneaking into Oregon State events and running from the campus police. Was it possible that we could supply Oregon hops to the craft beer industry, and maybe even get OSU involved? We had the combined experience and resources to give it a go, so we did.

    We took three major steps in the very beginning:

    • We struck an agreement with OSU where we funded a hop breeding and research effort that would feed new genetic material into our own hop development program.
    • We also built Oregon’s first hop pellet mill, engineered for the craft market.
    • We established relationships with two outstanding Oregon hop growers.

    And so we set out to be hop suppliers to craft breweries.

    Inspired by brewers

    We had a plan in place to develop new hop flavors and supply craft. So what would we call ourselves?

    Our company name was inspired by the craft marketplace itself full of small, independent brewers.

    Independent & creative—like craft

    We liked the word independent and what it stood for, but Independent Hops was a little cumbersome. And we needed something a little more creative like the marketplace that we wanted to be a part of.  So we shortened it, and boom–Indie Hops was born!

    “Indie Hops looked like it would be a trailblazer in re-orienting the breeding, growing and processing of hops…”

    EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT:

    Matt Sage

    In 2010, Matt Sage was working at Portland’s iconic Bridgeport Brewing when Indie Hops founders Jim Solberg & Roger Worthington stopped by the brewery to try and drum up business for their crazy new venture, which was solely focused on the hop needs of craft brewers.

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    The team

    Most of us have been part of Indie Hops since the beginning. It’s exciting to be part of a team that produces new hop varieties--and that we get to taste what we produce in beer!

    Marketing & Communications

    Anca had a front row seat as the strategy for Indie Hops was formed. We’re a very patient, product focused, and long-term oriented group. As the strategy took life and we reached the point of introducing our own hop varieties into the market, Anca couldn’t take it any longer and insisted we communicate about what we do.  She knows our story thoroughly, so we’re happy having her here to tell it!

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    Anca Solberg

    Marketing & Communications

    FAVORITE BEER STYLE:
    HOPPY PALE ALE

    Packaging Lead

    We have two Palafox brothers on our team. The younger sibling, Filemon, brings an attention to detail and orderly nature that play a big role in the strong packaging results we achieve: super low residual oxygen and great seal integrity. 

    You won’t receive any “pellet bricks” from us while “Filet Mignon” is leading packaging!

     

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    Filemon Palafox

    Packaging Lead

    FAVORITE BEER STYLE:
    NEW ENGLAND IPA (HAZY)

    Co-Founder/CEO

    Charting a course and grabbing the helm of a new hop effort was a no-brainer when Roger first whispered the idea. Jim is an avid home-brewer, believer in craft beer, and grower of hops at home. 

    He enjoys the challenge of building things from the ground up, and applying previous business development experience to this irresistible industry has been the perfect challenge.

     

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    Jim Solberg

    Co-Founder/CEO

    FAVORITE BEER STYLE:
    CRISP LAGER, WITH A REFRESHING HOP FINISH

    Packaging & Inventory Support

    Anybody can operate a fork truck (sort of) but there are only a few “fork whisperers” out there. We move a lot of hop bales and pallets, so it’s great to have Jorge’s skills on our team. He backs up Waldo in shipping/receiving and fills in as needed on pelleting/packaging.

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    Jorge Ramos

    Packaging & Inventory Support

    FAVORITE BEER STYLE:
    LIGHT AMERICAN LAGER

    Brewery Ambassador

    Our first employee and resident historian, Matt has a rich brewing background that started during the first wave of craft beer growth in the mid 80’s. He provides the insight into brewery operations that helps us stay focused on customer needs and has an uncanny palate that helps us sniff out amazing new hops!

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    Matt Sage

    Brewery Ambassador

    FAVORITE BEER STYLE:
    “THE ONE IN MY HAND.” -Fred Eckhardt

    Inventory & Shipping Manager

    “Leave it in my hands!” is something of a catch-phrase for Waldo. We’re more than happy to have our on-site inventories, shipping and receiving in his capable hands. Plus he’s always keeping us laughing…

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    Oswaldo Lopez

    Inventory & Shipping Manager

    FAVORITE BEER STYLE:
    ANYTHING! BUT PREFER DOUBLE IPAs

    Co-Founder

    Roger is largely responsible for IH’s existence by his willingness to take the risk of launching a new hop company during the dark times of 2008. Roger is always channeling energy into something to prevent exploding! 

    He still moonlights for his law office, AND built a brewery in Bend, Oregon that encourages people to pontificate the heavens and cherish/care for our precious planet.

     

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    Roger Worthington

    Co-Founder

    FAVORITE BEER STYLE:
    DRY-HOPPED ITALIAN PILSNER

    Mill Operations Manager

    We have two Palafox brothers on our team. The eldest, Sergio, is the lead operator of our pellet mill–that’s a lot of machines!

    He makes it all look easy–a sure sign of someone who is outstanding at what they do.

     

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    Sergio Palafox

    Mill Operations Manager

    FAVORITE BEER STYLE:
    ROOT BEER!

    Plant Breeder & Genetics Scientist

    Shaun heads up breeding efforts that feed new genetic material into our hop development program. Although he’s technically an employee of Oregon State University, we consider him part of the Indie Hops team. Even as he sleeps, Shaun is dreaming up new approaches to hop breeding that might lead to a future cultivar that will be in your favorite beer.

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    Shaun Townsend

    Plant Breeder & Genetics Scientist

    FAVORITE BEER STYLE:
    WELL-BALANCED IPA OR PALE ALE

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    2505 SE 11th Ave, Suite 311
    Portland, OR 97202

    (503) 452-4677

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