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Hops in the news…

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Three bits of hop-related info to pass along:

On Friday, 2/18, Home Brew manager Scott Russell and asst. manager Rick Scully attended the Second Annual Winter Hops Conference, organized by the UVM Extension Service, at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. The conference featured speakers discussing breeding and cultivating hops, hopyard and trellis construction, and the history of hop growing in Vermont, as well as a panel of Vermont’s commercial brewers talking about how locally grown hops might impact the brewing scene in Vermont. Naturally, we sampled the Trapp Lodge Brewery’s outstanding Austrian and German-style lagers after the conference… and found them to be excellent.

As part of the conference, the Market became a member of the Northeast Hop Alliance, an organization dedicated to bringing back commercial hop production in the region. While we are not a voting member (only actual hop growers, with 100 plantings or more, are allowed to vote) we will be able to access workshops, information and perhaps some equipment and materials as members. For more info about this organization, visit their website.

In just a couple weeks, I will be ordering hop rhizomes again. Last year we sold nearly 120 rhizomes to local brewers and hop enthusiasts – if you are certain you would like to plant hops this year, feel free to email me ( and let me know how many you intend to plant, and what varieties you would prefer, if you know. I can’t guarantee anything as far as quantity or variety, but I will do my best. I expect they will run about $6 per rhizome this year.

Brewing and Beer Appreciation Classes

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

The Market offers several different types of classes, from cheese and soap-making to pickling and sushi. One frequent request of late has been a basic beer brewing class and/or a tasting/beer appreciation seminar. Unfortunately, the Market does not have the facilities to actually brew beer, nor the appropriate level of licensing to pour and taste beer, making both of these requests impossible to fulfill.

The possibility exists, however, of hiring the Market’s Home Brew Guru, Scott, to lead such classes in your own space – if you have a small group that would like to learn either basic or advanced brewing, or learn to taste, appreciate, even judge beer, contact the Guru at for more information, prices, scheduling, etc.

The Co-Op – Making Life Better!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Couldn’t resist passing along this email I got from a home brew customer. Who says the Co-Op experience doesn’t change lives? 🙂

-Scott, the Home Brew Guru

Hi Scott, I bought your book last summer when I passed through Royalton.  I currently live in Northern New York State, but will be retiring to your area in a couple of years.  I have been brewing for 25 years, and your department at the Co-Op is one of the reasons I am relocating there.  Maybe I will catch you the next time I am in Royalton. Love your homebrew supply department.  Take care, Neil

Fresh hops! Limited time only!

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

We got in a small batch of locally grown (East Randolph) fresh Cascade hops at the end of last week – they are wonderfully aromatic and perfect for your Harvest Ales and Fall IPA’s – but there are only about 15 ounces left. $1.89/ounce, first come, first served!

If anyone else has some local home-grown hops they would like to sell to the Market, contact me either at the store or by email (


-Scott, the Home Brew Guru

Malt extract update

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

A few months ago, the producer of our standard malt extracts, Munton’s, changed their packaging from a 15 kg. jug to a 25 kg. bag-in-a-box. While the changeover was occurring, they stopped shipping bulk malt to our supplier, Crosby & Baker, who consequently ran out of their stock. Which of course meant we at the Market ran out as well. Many of you came in to buy bulk extract in April, May and June only to find we had none. We finally got some of the new packages in July, and they are not what we hoped. They are heavy, unwieldy and just not practical for our space. The good news is, C&B is now carrying Briess malt extract in bulk jugs similar to what we used to get from Munton’s, so we are transitioning to Briess. There are a couple of advantages. Briess is a domestic malting company, using US and Canadian-grown grains instead of British. This means it is fresher, generally, and less expensive as well. You will see the bulk syrups go down from $2.39/lb. to $2.09/lb.

We will also be moving to carry Briess Dry Malt extracts, which will reflect similar price decreases. We will still carry Munton’s extracts in cans, and can special order Munton’s DME (or Cooper’s) if that’s what you prefer, but it makes sense to only carry one brand on a regular basis, given our space and storage limits.

Let me know what you think!

-Scott, the Home Brew Guru

Homebrew News

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Thanks to Rick for enabling me to join in the Market’s blogosphere! I will attempt, from time to time, to wax eloquent on new items, new ideas and general philosophy in the Home Brew Department. If you have not met me or been in to check out the Home Brew Department, I encourage you to do so. At present you will find me on call on Wednesdays and Saturdays (generally noon to closing time) but I am often there for an hour or two on other days as well. If you have general or specific questions about making your own beer, about products we do or do not carry, even about beer in general, please check out the Home Brew page on the Market’s website – you can email me directly from there with questions, comments, requests, etc. I will do my best to answer any and all…
The biggest news from October is the arrival of a new full-size cooler for yeast and hops – with this we will be carrying a wider selection of dry and liquid yeast, and finally a supply of whole hops. We are also in the process of replacing (one at a time) the leaky extract bins – less waste, fresher extract, less mess – a win/win situation.
Please let me know, either by email or in person, what you would like to see us carry, promote, change, etc. in the Home Brew Department – it is your store, and we want to make it work for you.
Scott the Home Brew Guru
(yes, that was me in the Herald two weeks ago…)

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