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Hops Spring Eternal

Farming for beer in the Hudson Valley.

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Ray Bradley of Bradley Farm in New Paltz smelling the hops. - ROY GUMPEL
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  • Ray Bradley of Bradley Farm in New Paltz smelling the hops.

"I'm located on a farm growing barley five minutes from a hop farm, and the hop farmer is opening up a malting facility," says From the Ground owner Jakob Cirell. "We will be able to produce a beer in which all the ingredients, aside from the yeast, have never left a five-mile radius of the brewery."

Plenty of people are excited about Hudson Valley beer. Riccobono expects 1,000 attendees at the Hoptember Harvestfest, up from 600 last year, along with 26 Hudson Valley microbreweries, distilleries, and cideries. The event is on September 13 at Eastern View Farm in Lagrangeville from 1 to 5pm. Tickets include unlimited tastings and hop-infused food, including hop-smoked BBQ from Bacon Brothers in Canton and bratwurst with hop stuffing from Tomas Tapas Bar in Wappingers Falls. For more information and tickets: Dutchesshops.com/event-tickets.

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