From just 25 hops plants six years ago to more than 80,000 today, Mighty Axe Hops in Foley, MN, is becoming a force in agriculture and in supplying the growing microbrewing industry with this key ingredient. But one of the biggest challenges facing local breweries is the ability to access unique and new hops varieties—especially ones that are local.
U of M researcher Charlie Rohwer is breeding new varieties specifically for Minnesota’s growing climate and Minnesota’s brewers. It’s an exciting—and pivotal—time for the industry. Brewers like Fair State Brewing Co-op recognize the work as crucial to having an exciting, sustainable hop and beer industry in the future.
- Agriculture and Environment
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Scientist, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Founding farmer, Mighty Axe Hops. Alumnus, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences