Hops, for starters, aren’t indigenous to the Sunshine State. They need the same climate that you usually find in wine-making regions. According to the University of Florida, 70% of all hops grown in the US come from Washington’s Yakima Valley.
Add to that the fact that a small group of Florida citrus farmers are looking for alternative crops to augment their own production, and you have a perfect recipe for experimentation.
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida is working with farmers around the state and the Florida Dept. of Agriculture on this exciting project. One research center, the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm, FL, produced the crop that traveled to brewmaster Ty Weaver for inclusion in this special beer.
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