NEWSMAKER — Last MU hop field day to focus on first-year research

| September 6, 2017
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COLUMBIA, Mo.- Harvest has been complete in the hop yard at University of Missouri’s Bradford Research Center.

Hop plants are climbing bines (vines without tendrills). The flower of the hop plant is a papery-thin, pale-green cone.  Hop cones dry in late summer and develop a strong odor.

Hops are most commonly used to add unique flavors and aromas to most beers, especially craft brews. The bitterness of hops balances the sweetness of beer’s malt sugars. They are also a natural preservative, extending the life of brew. Most home brewers harvest the hops by hand but larger growers use specialized machinery.

MU Extension horticulturist James Quinn is inviting the public to the last of three free hops field days, from 3:00 p.m-6:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 13, 2017. The emphasis of the last field day will be geared towards MU’s first-year hop research. Visitors will get to see and smell hops from different cultivators that Quinn harvested by hand and dried.

Legally aged participants will have an opportunity to taste some of Missouri’s craft brews as well during “Hoppy Hour”

MU Bradford Research Center is several miles east of Columbia at 4968 Rangeline Road. For driving directions visit or call (573) 884-749. For more information contact Quinn at (573) 634-2824 or

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