MI local hops

TRAVERSE CITY, MICH — MI LOCAL HOPS has successfully completed their first hop harvest. Working with EMPIRE HOPS , MI Local harvested over 250 acres of Northern Michigan grown hops starting on August 23 and ending on September 15, 2016. The varieties harvested this season were Centennial, Cascade, Michigan Copper, Chinook, Crystal, Nugget, Willamette, and Brewer’s Gold. MI Local Hops is a 200 acre hop farm with full processing, pelletizing, packaging, and cold storage capabilities in Williamsburg, MI, six miles outside of Traverse City, MI. Administrative offices are located in downtown Traverse City, MI.

Video of the harvest and of the 30,000 square foot harvesting facility in full operation are featured on the homepage of the company’s new website. “We wanted to launch the site after we shot video footage of the harvest facility in operation” says Mike Moran, Sales and Marketing Manager. “The goal is to showcase the fact that we’ve made the investments in the infrastructure and quality standards that are being demanded by the craft brewing industry”. The website will feature information on available hop varieties, quality standards, and the craft beers that feature MI Local Hops.

MI local hops

The first breweries to feature MI Local Hops in this seasons wet hopped ales are Founders Brewing Company (Harvest Ale with Cascade hops), Short’s Brewing Company (Kind Ale with Chinook and Cascade hops), Stormcloud Brewing Company (24:30 with Centennial, Cascade, and Chinook hops), and Beards Brewery (Triumphance with Cascade hops). All beers will be on tap and available to the public on Wednesday October 12th at 7 Monks Taproom in downtown Traverse City, Michigan.

MI Local Hops farm is the largest hop operation east of the Rockies. Through a joint venture partnership with Empire Hops, which specializes in custom farming and custom trellis installation, the two businesses managed almost 350 acres and harvested over 250 acres of Northern Michigan grown hops in 2016.

Stout ChallengeTRAVERSE CITY–The TC Ale Trail and Little Fleet have once again teamed up to present a local beer competition. The inaugural Stout Challenge will be held Friday January 29 at Little Fleet.

Ten Traverse City area breweries will be bringing their “Best Stout,” and 200 beer lovers will have the opportunity to taste and vote on their favorite. All tasting will be blind. Ticket holders will get the description of the beer, ABV, and other facts, but the brewery will remain a secret.

Troy Daily, organizer of the event, is excited about the challenge. “Our team has produced the IPA Challenge for the past two years and has attracted a lot of attention. With this success and overwhelming feedback from attendees, the Stout Challenge was born out of demand. It’s a great way to get all of the area breweries together during a relatively slower month of the year.”

The challenge will start at 5:30 p.m., with the last ballots being handed out around 9 p.m. Attendees should give themselves at least an hour for tasting. The unveiling of breweries and awards will be presented at 10 p.m. The winning brewery will win a trophy and the privilege of saying their brewery has “The Best Stout in the Traverse City area.” Mike Moran, of Drink My Brewcast, will be the Master of Ceremonies.

The ten breweries that are participating in the event include: The Filling Station Microbrewery, The Workshop Brewery, Brewery Ferment, Old Mission Beer Co.(at Jolly Pumpkin), Brewery Terra Firma, Right Brain Brewery, Lake Ann Brewing Company, Hop Lot Brewing, and Short’s Brewing Company. Rare Bird Brewpub has a limiting license and will be collaborating with The Filling Station to brew a stout just for the event.

Ticket prices will be $25 in advance and $30 at the door, only 200 tickets will be available. Ticket price includes: custom taster glass, 10 sample tickets (1 taste per beer), two wild card additional tastes, description and rating sheet, and one voting ballot. Additional tastes can be purchased for $1 and pints will also be for sale. New to this event, there will be limited VIP Tickets. These will be $50 and will include reserved seating, table side service, snacks and all of general ticket amenities.

The Stout Challenge event is sponsored by MI Local Hops and Drink My Brewcast.

For more information or to purchase tickets please visit or find the event on Facebook.