Hops are a beautiful vine and make great beer. Ilya Faibushevich, a hops aficionado and expert, will show hops samples and describe their history of growing in Sonoma County, how they are used in brewing, and why you may want to grow them. This event will help you as a hops grower and/or a beer maker. It will also make you more appreciative of the microbrews you drink. The event takes place at the meeting of the Valley of the Moon Garden Club on Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Burlingame Hall, First Congregational Church, 252 West Spain Street.
Ilya graduated college with dreams of being an economist. In 2010, while working on a two-year project to quantify the health impact of environmental policies in China, he got a side job working in a local brewery’s cellar, in a dark cold basement, transferring and carbonating beer, helping on brew days, and, of course, cleaning. He was immediately hooked! Since then, he has brewed for some of the country's most acclaimed beer makers, including Side Project, Perennial, Moonlight, and Cellarmaker. His travels have taken him to brew in Europe and France, at Brouwerij De Ranke and Brasserie Thiriez.
He is now the sales manager in northern California and Nevada for Yakima Chief Hops, the biggest supplier of American-grown hops in the US. The company is a cooperative of 11 farmers in Washington and Oregon, created to give farmers control of their own destiny.
The meeting is free to members and $5 for the public and guests. All are welcome. Complimentary refreshments and a plant raffle follow the presentation.
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