I had the pleasure of visiting a hop farm near Poperinge, Belgium. This area is the heart of the hop growing region of Belgium. There’s actually a hop museum in this city and a nice bed and breakfast called Hop Inn. When driving up here to pick up my Sint Sixtus Abbey beer (the Westvleteren 12), I saw hop yards all over. Eurohop buys hops from many of these farms and converts the hop flowers into pellets. Click on this link to see some pictures I took on my visit. The owner, Mr. Eric Lagache, was extremely friendly and let me have the run of his hop yard. And the Smell!!! Wow! As soon as I parked the car and opened the door I was in hop heaven. What a thrill to see this operation.
If you’d like to see his hop operation, feel free to email him: firstname.lastname@example.org.