Saturday, March 25, 2017 --- What's Hop'N-Winter Workshop

Schedule - Tuesday, March 07, 2017

9-12: Pine River Library– Bayfield, CO
12-2: Lunch at Bottom Shelf Brewery
2-4: Pine River Hops

8:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
Pine River Library; 395 Bayfield Center Dr, Bayfield, CO
9:00: Welcome and Old Fort at Hesperus Variety Trial Update
Beth LaShell, Fort Lewis College
9:45: Mobile Hops Harvester for 4-Corners
Dr. Kevin Lombard, New Mexico State University
10:30: Highlights of 2016 Summer Hops Tour
Amber Beye, Fort Lewis College
11:15: Colorado Hop Company– Products and Services
Noon: Lunch at Bottoms Shelf Brewery
2:-00: Pine River Hops—Paul Black
Continental breakfast, lunch and materials will be provided


Questions? Beth at or 970-385-4574


2016 What's Hop'n Winter Workshop - Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Fort Lewis College Student Union Building

Register online at or download the brochure for mail in registration.


8:30  Registration

8:45  Welcome

         Beth LaShell- Fort Lewis College

Beginning Growers Tract

9:00       The Science of Hops

             Dr. Ron Godin, Colorado State University 

Experienced Growers Tract

9:00       4C Grower’s Cooperative

             Amber Beye– Fort Lewis College

9:30       Updates— Virus testing & pelletizing

                 Dr. Kevin Lombard, New Mexico State University

                 Paul Black—L-J Ranch Manager; Bayfield, CO

10:00 What Does Your Hops Analyses Mean?

11:00 Break to bring groups together

11:15 Do you Brew? - Intro to brewing

12:00 Lunch with Brewer Panel

Riff Raff, Carvers

1:00 Importance of Training & Pruning

Dr. Ron Godin, Colorado State University  

1:45 Equipment for Hops Production

Wolf Picker- Dr. Kevin Lombard, NMSU

Hops Baler– Paul Black L-J Ranch Manager; Bayfield, CO

Hops Yard Scaffolding– Jason Thomas, NMSU

Brewing with Fresh Hops —La Cumbre Brewing

2:45 Break to look at equipment

3:15 Hops Fertility

Dr. Ron Godin, Colorado State University  

4:00 Evaluations and Networking



What's Hop'n Winter Workshop 2015 - Monday, February 16, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Fort Lewis College Student Union Building

Register online at or download the brochure for mail in registration.

8:30        Registration/ Continental Breakfast

8:45         Welcome

                Beth LaShell,  Fort Lewis College

9:00         Interpreting a Hops Analyses for both brewers and growers

                Dr. Ron Godin, Colorado State University

10:00       Brewer’s Perspective I

                Cody Looman– Carvers Brewing Company

10:30       Break

10:45       Brewer’s Perspective II

               Riff Raff Brewery; Pagosa Springs, CO

               Mancos Brewery, Mancos, CO

11:15       Picking Hops—Modified apple sorter

                Paul Black, L-J Ranch Manager – Bayfield, CO

12:15       Lunch—Provided with registration

1:00         Mechanics of a Wolf Picker

                Dr. Ron Godin, Colorado State University

1:45         Pelletizing Hops

                Aaron Melin– Front Range Hops

2:45         Break

3:00         Alternative Uses of Hops

                Dr. Anna Marija Helt, Clinical Herbalist and Aromatherapist

3:30         Old Fort/NMSU Variety Trial Updates

                Beth LaShell and Amber Beye– Fort Lewis College

                Dr. Kevin Lombard, New Mexico State University

4:00         Evaluations and Networking


What's Hop'N-Winter Workshop - Saturday, March 22, 2014

The 2014 Winter workshop was held on Saturday, March 22nd from 9 am until 5 pm at Fort Lewis College Student Union-Ballroom.

· Dr. Ron Godin—The Science of Hops

· Paul Black and John Lyle— Producer’s Trellis Designs

· Dr. Kevin Lombard—4-Corners Production Realities

·  Beth LaShell & Amber Beye—Old Fort at Hesperus Variety Trial

· Jason Thomas—Testing Rhizomes for Viruses

· Three Rivers Brewery—Using Whole Cones in Brewing

· Animas Alers– Beer 101 demonstration

            Beth at or 970-385-4574

Fall 2013 Open House

The Old Fort at Hesperus will host an open house on Friday, October 11th from 4 until 7 pm.  Tours of the newly established hops yard will be available to offer potential producers with the opportunity to see systems used for irrigation, weed management and trellising.  Information on the eleven varieties of hops that were established in June of 2013 will be available.  A soil sampling demonstration will include interpretation of results.  Participants will receive cloth soil bags and sample submission forms for their use.   In addition to the tours and resources on establishing hops yards, Dr. Ron Godin and Dr. Kevin Lombard will be there to answer questions.  Cost is $5.00 with snacks and drinks being provided. 

Directions to the Old Fort at Hesperus (18693 Hwy 140) from Durango:  Take Hwy 160 toward Cortez.  At top of Hesperus Hill, turn left (South) on Hwy 140.  Go approximately 4 miles until you see the historic buildings and gardens on the right.  Turn right into Old Fort and proceed to historic library building for registration.


Old Fort Hops Variety descriptions

Old Fort Hops Yard History and Establishment


What's Hop'n Symposium

On July 12th - 13th a symposium on hops (Humulus sp.) production and marketing in the Four Corners Region and New Mexico was held at Three Rivers Brewery in Farmington, NM.  It was designed for persons who may be thinking about growing hops (Humulus lupulus) and/or thinking of commercially brewing with fresh hops/non-pellet hops. Emphasis was placed on commercial, small-scale farm production and marketing, pros and cons, of growing and marketing hops.

Promotional Flyer

Old Fort at Hesperus Variety Trial Overview- Presented by Beth LaShell 





Source for disease free rhizomes:

Introduction to Hops- Presented at New Mexico Organic Farming Conference (02/14/14)

        Slideshow Presentation