Did you know there are over 250 craft breweries in Ontario with new locations opening all the time? That’s a big market for Ontario grown hops.
There’s a new initiative launched this month by the Ontario Hop Growers� Association (OHGA) called BrewON and it’s pretty darn cool. It’s aimed towards certifying and promoting beer brewed with Ontario-grown hops.
Hops was once a thriving crop in Ontario, but due to it’s temperamental nature and industry demand, it all but disappeared from our farmland. It’s making a comeback though thanks to some passionate, hard-working growers.
Ontario hop growers provide an economic boost to Ontario as they continue to invest in expanding their hopyards and processing equipment in order to meet rising demand for quality Ontario hops. This is something that should be celebrated and supported in a big way.
According to the OHGA, ?when you enjoy a BrewON craft beer, you can feel confident about the source and the freshness of the hops in your beer. Hops that haven�t travelled thousands of kilometres to get here. Hops grown by real people with real families.?
The two-tiered certification recognizes beer either brewed with 50%�99% hops or 100% hops from OHGA member growers.
Right now, there are five breweries listed as participating in the initiative, including Full Beard Brewing Co, Goodlot Farmstead Brewing Co, MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co, Parsons Brewing Co. and Shakespeare Brewing Co.