MARSHALL, MI – Michigan ranks fourth in the United States in terms of total acreage
dedicated to hops, one of four main ingredients in craft beer.
Many of those acres will be in full harvest mode at the end of August and early
September. In collaboration the Moga family, owners of High Five Hop Farm in Marshall,
along with Dark Horse Brewing Co. and Territorial Brewing Co., West Michigan Beer Tours will
hold the Hop Harvest Beer Tour on Saturday, Aug. 26.
The highlight of the afternoon will be a visit to the small family farm where Marty Moga
and his family grow a variety of hops for a few Michigan breweries. Participants will tour
the fields and learn more about the growing and harvesting process, while also samples
Michigan beer using High Five Hop Farm hops.
The tour will begin with registration from noon to 1 p.m. at Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill
inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo. The bus will depart for Dark
Horse Brewing Co. for a pint and to hear how the brewery works with High Five Hops
Farm on some of its beer.
Following the stint at High Five Hop, the event will stop by Territorial Brewing Co. for a
series of samples and learn how hops are utilized in the brewery’s German-inspired
beers, before returning to downtown Kalamazoo.
Discounted hotel rooms at the Radisson Plaza Hotel are also available through this
custom link: http://www.radisson.com/westmichiganbeertours.
For more information, go to www.westmichiganbeertours.com.