Michigan Hops with Scott Mast and Chris Vogel – BeerSmith Podcast #260

by Brad Smith on July 1, 2022 · 0 comments

Scott Mast from Hang’em High Hops and Chris Vogel from Great Lakes hops join me this week to discuss growing and producing hops in Michigan.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (58:16)

  • This week I welcome back Scott Mast and Chris Vogel to talk about farming, producing and distributing Michigan grown hops.
  • Scott Mast is a hop farmer in Michigan with 9 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 discusses the recent expansion at Hang-em High Hops and talks about a few of the challenges farmers and hop growers have faced the last year with inflation in fertilizer, fuel and other supplies.
  • Chris talks about some of the news from Great Lakes hops and also the lineup of Michigan proprietary hop varieties.
  • Scott talks about his experiences working closely with small breweries with his hops.
  • Chris tells us about how some breweries have been using their hops in new and unusual ways.
  • We discuss how some larger breweries are taking notice of the new Michigan hop varieties.
  • They share some challenges as they begin to ramp up Michigan hop production.
  • We discuss where to find their hops and they provide their closing thoughts.


Thanks to Scott Mast and Chris Vogel for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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