Annual Hop Harvest At Blue Mountain Brewery

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©™2012 Nelson County Life : Photos By Tommy Stafford : Mandi Smack (left) co-owner of Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, Virginia instructs one of the many volunteers on hand Wednesday afternoon at the Annual Hop Harvest.

Afton
Nelson County, VA

For years now the folks over at Blue Mountain Brewery have made harvesting the hops a community event. This past Wednesday afternoon Nelson’s first established microbrewery cut down the hops and started separating them to be used in the two time award winning Blue Reserve

Dr. Tom Krop, who recently retired to Nelson County, was on hand Wednesday to help out with the annual hop harvest.

As part of the afternoon, Tara Mills played tunes from 2-5pm.

Stan Driver (right) who coordinates the planting and harvesting of the hops talks with a man that came all the way from Beckley, WV for Wednesday's event.

We’ve told you about Stan Driver’s handy work with the hops for several years now.

A bouncy house was on hand for the kids, and volunteers who helped out got a free lunch to boot!
One of the hop rows at Blue Mountain Brewery during Wednesday's harvest.

Can’t wait to have some of the beer the hops are used in!

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