Certified Organic Hop Yard
Old 4th Hop Yard is located in the historic village of Williamstown, Ontario, approximately half way between Montreal and Ottawa.
Why the name? The road that we are located on was once called the "4th Concession". There are folks who still refer to it as the "old 4th". It's a nod to the rich history of our area.
We are in our second year of growing hops. In the first year we tried a Low Trellis System (9ft) and planted Cascade, Hallertauer, Nugget, Perle and a wild variety that was growing on neighbors cedar trees. In 2012, we moved to a conventional Trellis System (18 ft) and planted more varieties including Galena, Centennial, and Chinook. We will focus on the strongest varieties once we know which do best in South Glengarry.
We are Certified Organic by Ecocert.
Hops are a main ingredient in the making of beer. In the late 1800s, Eastern Ontario was a key hop producing region in North America. However,virtually none of this infrastructure remains as the industry centralized in Washington and Oregon states in the mid 1970s. These large hops yards use lots of equipment (and still a lot of labor) to grow and harvest the hops. This rough handling has the potential to reduce the content and quality of the coveted lupulin within the hop cones. Furthermore, they are generally dried using heat, which has the potential to oxidize the oils and lose some of the aromas that they contain.
Smaller scale local hop farms can ensure careful handing and the maximizing of the interesting qualities of these amazing plants - a perfect complement to the expanding high quality Ontario Craft Brewing Industry.