August 22nd, 2012
Here’s the finalized schedule of events. These are the general times that things will start at, but in the past we’ve had to push things around due to unexpected circumstances
12:00 – Hop Madness Starts, Check-in Open
1:00 – Hop Bines arrive for picking
3:00 – Judging for the Best Damn Hoppy Beer Competition
4:00 – Hop Farm Tour
5:00 – Best Damn Hoppy Beer and Peoples choice winners announced. Raffle follows
6:30 – Hop Olympics
12:00 – Hop Madness Ends, Check-out and Cleanup
August 17th, 2012
I’ve gotten a few pictures from last years Hop Madness 2011 over the past few days and figured I would share them with everyone. If you have pictures from last year please send me an email via the contact page and I’ll be happy to share them with everyone.
Just 8 days left until Hop Madness. Have you purchased your tickets yet?
August 16th, 2012
A special thanks goes out to Hopworks for their prize donations for the Best Damn Hoppy Beer and People Choice competitions. Hopworks sent 3 T-Shirts, 1 Biking Jersey, a couple of hats and swag. Next time you need a beer, please think of our sponsors.
Just 9 days left until Hop Madness. Have you purchased your tickets yet?
August 2nd, 2012
Here’s a great article over at Brewpublic where they break down 25 great West Coast IPA’s that you should try for International IPA Day
August 1st, 2012
If you’re checking out your calendar of National Made-Up Holidays then you may have noticed that August 2nd is National IPA day. We here at Hop Madness are a strong supporter of such a great Holiday. Are you planning on celebrating and if so what are you drinking?
Also just 24 days left until Hop Madness 2012, have you bought your tickets yet?
July 18th, 2012
So there’s still plenty of people that come here and ask what Hop Madness is like. To help you figure out what goes on, here’s an article I wrote last year for the Oregon Brew Crew newsletter that recapped the event:
This year’s Hop Madness was held September 3rd at the Rogue Hop Farm in Independence Oregon. Approximately 75 people showed up for the event. The OBC had one of the smaller showings then we’ve had in recent years with 7 members showing up. Despite this it was one of the best years yet.
If you’ve never been out to the Rogue Hop Farm you’ll find that it’s an old farm and hop processing facility that’s been around for quite some time. There’s about 10 acres of hops, a tasting room, pumpkin patch, barns, a beach with the Willamette River running by and a Bed & Breakfast that’s located in the center of the farm. If you’re ever in the area it’s worth the time to check it out.
The day started off at noon with people setting up their tent and jockey boxes. Soon after the homebrew start pouring, there was probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 30-35 taps, plus whatever people had bottled up for the event. We were supposed to have hops delivered at 1 but the farmers decided to take the day off. Luckily we were given a machete and told we could drive a pickup out to the field and cut down a few bines. Let me tell you, there’s nothing like the feeling you get whacking a sharp knife a hop bine. It made me feel like I was on some trek through the Amazon. We brought ten bines back to the camp and the day was saved.
Once the hop bines were back at the camp people started brewing. This year we had a barn to brew in that Rogue converted over to a brewing facility. It was covered, had a concrete floor, water and was probably one of the nicest areas we’ve had for brewing at Hop Madness ever. Over the course of the day we had 12 people brewing with a late night brewing session by Dave Wills (founder of Hop Madness and Freshops) that ended around midnight.
The Brew Crew had a good showing in the competitions this year. Dan Johnson won third place in the Best Damn Hoppy Beer contest and First place in the People’s Choice. This year’s first place award for BDHP went to Arron Hofferber, the president of COHO. After the winners we announce we had a Hop Olympics contest that consisted of Keg Tossing, a Hop Relay, and a Hop Spitting contest. Then the sun started going down and fished up the day drinking beer around the campfires that sprouted up around camp. The best part of this was all of the various bottles that magically appeared around the fire. I lost count of how many fantastic bottles of beers that I tried that people pulled from the cellars.
Sunday finished off with people cooking breakfast and sharing with everyone in camp. It seems like people were offering bacon and eggs at every tent you walked by. By the time 11am rolled around people had broken up camp and were on their way home.
As always if you have any questions please us the contact form and I’ll be happy to answer
July 16th, 2012
As some of you are quite aware, we are making a big push this year on getting the word out about Hop Madness 2012. Last month at the NHC in Bellevue we distributed nearly 1000 postcards advertising the event and now we’re making the push with getting posters up. We are trying to get them up in Home Brewing shops, Beer Bars, Breweries and Brew Pubs. The only problem is that we can only reach so many of these establishments ourselves and that’s where you come in. We’re asking the Hop Madness community to print out a poster and each time you go to one of these establishment, we want you to ask the management if you can put up a poster advertising the event. We know there’s still a lot of people out there that don’t know about Hop Madness and we really want to reach those people this year. Here’s a link to a printable PDF version of the 2012 Hop Madness Poster.
2012 Hopmadness Poster
In addition look for us to be handing out Hop Madness info at the Portland International Beer Fest this weekend and at the Oregon Brewers Festival the following week.
40 Days until Hop Madness. Remember to buy your tickets early!!!!!!
July 9th, 2012
Tickets for Hopmadness 2012 are on sale right now. Please head over to the Purchase Tickets page to pick yours up. Tickets are $10/person or $18/family and will be available online until August 24th. After that you will have to purchase them onsite at the increased rate of $13/person or $21/family. Get them now and be prepared, don’t be like the handful of people that had to pay the higher rate onsite last year!!!!!!
New this year due to the economy, if you have had an economic hardship and would like to participate in Hopmadness but you can’t afford it, please contact me using the contact form and we can work something out.
Finally look for a lot more Hopmadness related posts to pop up over the next few weeks. 47 days left to go and things are going to ramp up fast.
June 19th, 2012
Since the National Hombrewing Conference is in our backyard this year I’m going to be advertising Hopmadness as much as possible . Here’s what the postcard flyers look like. If you see me at the NHC be sure to stop by, say hi and share a beer. You’ll also be able to find these flyers at the Oregon Brew Crew booth on Club night and at the Brew Brothers and Homebrewstuff.com booths in the vendor area.
January 17th, 2012
We are proud to announce that Hopmadness 2012 will happen August 25 – 26, 2012 at the Rouge Hop Farm in Independence Oregon. More details will come over the next few months. If you have any questions please use the contact form.