Nelson County, Virginia
Back in our July 2010 issue of NCL (page 25) photographer, Hayley Osborne and writer Jennie Tal, told you about David Bernard and his Madhops farm in Massies Mill. By trade David is a residential carpenter, but over the past year, he’s been waist deep in the hop business. When we wrote our original story David was still waiting on the hops to mature. Within the past two weeks they were ready to harvest!
David is selling to a wide variety of custom breweries in the area.
Can’t wait to try out some the beer brewed with these!
Kudos to Dave, and any other builder in the current economic climate, that is resourceful enough to figure out alternative methods of income and ways to keep the Re-po man off the back step. I’ll drink to that!
Way to go, David…we used to play volleyball in those same fields back in the day!
Fun day picking/Great job David
The beer we’re making from David’s hops here at Devils Backbone is called “The Blue Ridge Hop Revival” and is currently bubbling away (fermenting). It should be on tap in about three weeks. We used 105 pounds of the fresh hops. It was a fun brew and I look forward hoisting a few with David and all the folks who helped pick them in this brutal heat. Thanks guys.
Congrats on a successful harvest, David! And I can’t wait to try the wet-hopped beer Jason!
I droped by for an hour and help pick some hops with David and crew. It is tough work. A huge amount of work has gone into the production and picking of these hops and I love the aspect of keeping our money local. We pay David for the hops and he buys our beer and we pay David for the hops and he….you get it. Also buying local means we do not have to get these from the west coast. saves fuel and helps the planet. Thanks David and Crew for your hard work and awsome quality hops.