15 episodes

What is hop·nólogy?



For the purposes of this podcast, it's James and Gregg tossing around their observations after 10+ years in the hops industry. Over that time we've developed some conclusions - and a whole lot of opinions - about what works and what doesn't in the beer community triangle of consumers, growers and brewers. Join us and our periodic guest contributors as we run the gamut of topics from "mom said I could plant a half acre out back" and "Mr. Brewer sir, what do you mean you won't buy this garbage bag of hops that I just picked from my backyard" to the guy who wanted to dry his hops in an old casket. Yep, that really happened.

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    • 4.8 • 21 Ratings

What is hop·nólogy?



For the purposes of this podcast, it's James and Gregg tossing around their observations after 10+ years in the hops industry. Over that time we've developed some conclusions - and a whole lot of opinions - about what works and what doesn't in the beer community triangle of consumers, growers and brewers. Join us and our periodic guest contributors as we run the gamut of topics from "mom said I could plant a half acre out back" and "Mr. Brewer sir, what do you mean you won't buy this garbage bag of hops that I just picked from my backyard" to the guy who wanted to dry his hops in an old casket. Yep, that really happened.

    #144: Fans! – not that kind

    #144: Fans! – not that kind

    You’re our fans, and we love you all.  However, this episode is about moving air around, not you.  We’ll get to you later.

    • 37 min
    #143: Hops & Machine Learning

    #143: Hops & Machine Learning

    Hopnology listener Bob Scruggs reached out to tell us about a machine learning model that he’s developed to identify issues with your hops.  This could get very complicated if you want it to…and that’s how we like it!

    • 1 hr
    #142: Harvest Report and Survivor Bias

    #142: Harvest Report and Survivor Bias

    After a Halloween retrospective we (eventually) get to the 2021 Hop Harvest report, then segue into another one of our IPA theories. This centers around a concept called Survivor Bias which can be boiled down to being stuck in a market where there are IPAs to the left, IPAs to the right and you’re the only Lager in town.

    • 39 min
    #141: IPA Bros

    #141: IPA Bros

    How does the IPA trend continue to perpetuate?  There’s actually some psychology to discuss here.  Activation energy, risk tolerance and FOMO.

    Plus, Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW8amMCVAJQ

    • 46 min
    #140: Your First Hire

    #140: Your First Hire

    At what point is it time to start paying people for the work you’ve been doing yourself?

    • 39 min
    #139: Twine

    #139: Twine

    It’s our show, we can talk about whatever we want, and today it’s twine.  Mechanical spiders spinning PLA twine?  You heard it here first.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Victor from Lion Bines ,

Thorough, informative and entertaining

These guys dish out relevant knowledge weekly that is one of the only easily digestible avenues for hop farming and the business behind it. It is a wonderful resource to be able to draw on their extensive knowledge and experience well. We built our drying system solely based on what was discussed on the drying show. Thanks for all the work you guys do! Cheers.

BigOleCoq ,

Good information, insufferable to listen to

If you’re looking into growing hops and want some useful information, you can find it here, but you need to tolerate the insufferable complaining about every single thing the beer community has to offer from 2 pompous curmudgeons to be able to find that useful information.

Court House Hops ,

Right place at the right time!

Hops grower here in VA since 2016. Just came across your podcast on Virginia Tech post. You guys are Great you head the nail head with all aspects of growing and talking breweries. The right place at the right time for me in answering some questions I had.
Thanks !

Court House Hops

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