We’re using the word ‘trial’ because I’m not entirely sure that some of these hop varietals will grow in Central Oregon.

I have been told recently that it’s a good idea to acclimate hop rhizomes that come from other parts of the country. So when I saw an email from Northern Brewer advertising pre-orders of hop rhizomes, I thought to myself, “Self, you are bored. You are anxiously awaiting the arrival of late spring so that you can get to work on planting the Cascade and Centennial rhizomes that should be coming from Gary and Susan of Tumalo Hops. What are you going to do in the meantime?”

Smith Rock Hop Farm Greenhouse

I of course answered myself with, “Well, you could talk the girls into buying a greenhouse and ordering some of these rhizomes from Northern Brewer. We could plant them anytime we want and see what happens.” It turns out that was just as easy to say as it was to do. The girls were in, so I ordered the rhizomes and proceeded to design a greenhouse. We should have two of each of these in the next two weeks:┬áMt. Hood, Chinook, Northern Brewer, Galena, Columbus, Nugget, Sterling, Willamette.

And here is a rough render of the greenhouse, sans plastic sheeting.