Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2015 Regional Award Winner


Bighead Hops

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Nicholas Schaut, Monique Vanden Heuvel, MPP Kathryn McGarry

Nicholas Schaut, Monique Vanden Heuvel, MPP Kathryn McGarry

Ontario-grown hops seem like the natural choice for the province's craft breweries. There's just one problem. Most breweries are set up for pelletized hops, but the price tag of commercial pellet mills is well beyond the budget of small-scale hops producers. That's where one Meaford hops grower got creative. Bighead Hops banded together with six other producers to form a co-op and adapt a pelletizer to their specific needs and scale. Bighead put the mill into operation in 2014, producing more than 3,000 kilograms of pelletized hops. A few tweaks this year have helped speed up the processing time by nearly 50 per cent. Breweries and cideries are snapping up the hops, giving co-op members the dollars they need to plant even more acres of Ontario hops.


Creation Date: 06 November 2015
Last Reviewed: 09 November 2015