Great Lakes Hops with Scott Mast and Chris Vogel – BeerSmith Podcast #238

by Brad Smith on June 28, 2021 · 0 comments

Scott Mast and Chris Vogel join me this week to discuss Great Lakes proprietary hops and the resurgence of hop growing in the Midwestern US.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (52:35)

  • This week I welcome Scott Mast and Chris Vogel to discuss the resurgence of hop growing in Michigan as well as some of the new Great Lakes proprietary hop varieties.
  • Scott Mast is a hop farmer in Michigan with 8 years in the business and owner of Hang’em High Hops, which sells Great Lakes varieties to professional and home brewers.
  • Chris Vogel is an employee for Great Lakes hops focused on introducing Great Lakes proprietary hops to both hop growers and to craft breweries.
  • Scott starts with a discussion of the resurgence of hop growing in Michigan and why his area is well suited to growing hops.
  • Chris tells us about the reception of the new hops in craft breweries and how they are using them.
  • Scott explains the stages of hop farming and what it takes to get started growing hops and also how they are harvested and processed.
  • Chris tells us about the “terroir” in the region and how it affects the hops grown there.
  • We discuss the flavor profiles of some of the new hops being grown.
  • Chris tells us a bit about the proprietary hop program at Great Lakes and how it got started.
  • Scott shares his experience growing the new proprietary hops.
  • Chris explains how the new varieties are different from many of the commonly available varieties of hops.
  • Scott tells us his experience working with commercial brewers and the new hops.
  • They each share their closing thoughts.


Thanks to John Palmer for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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