After more than a century, hops are making a comeback in Ontario agriculture. In 2012, the Ontario Hop Grower's Association was launched to serve as a non-profit association of organic and conventional growers in Ontario. Their mandate includes acting as a central voice and advocacy group for the industry; promoting hop-growing fundamentals through education, research, promotion, and marketing; and setting up a database of relevant growing and management information specifically for Ontario. Microbreweries are interested in using local hops to create unique brews, such as harvest ales. In addition, Niagara College's Brewmaster course is supplying Ontario with a new generation of brewers who are discovering that Ontario hops are a viable option. Hop production in Ontario has grown steadily since then.
The Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition (GOHCBC) brings together Ontario hop producers and the most significant end-user of the crop, the brewing industry.
The goals are to:
1st Great Lakes Brewery – VQH Hops
2nd Elora Brewing - CanAussie Farms
3rd Brock Street Brewing - Chlodowig Farms
For more information including the official rules and regulations including eligibility, style guidelines and deadlines, please visit www.onhops.ca