N.H. farmer has high hopes for hops project Indiegogo campaign seeks to raise funds for local processing effort- New Hampshire Business Review
Beer brings people together,
But its ingredients build communities.
Help Us Create a Whole New Agricultural Industry.
We are in the middle of a tide here in New England. Even in the worst economic times in decades, two industries; local agriculture and craft breweries, have not only grown exponentially, but have thrived. Unfortunately, the two have yet to collide, but the Isinglass River Hops Exchange will change that.
Isinglass River Hops Exchange will be the first hop processing and distribution company in New England. Working hand in hand with plant specialist, extension agents, farmers, and brewers, we plan to establish an evolving list of guidelines that put quality first and helps create farm to pint beer. With your help we can invest in the proper infrastructure so we can turn farmer’s commodity crops into value added products, therefore strengthening local farms, and giving our craft breweries the opportunity to source local ingredients.
Currently, hops are sourced from primarily the Pacific Northwest. By supporting New England grown hops we will have a smaller carbon footprint, we will create good jobs, and we will help keep millions of dollars here in our communities. It makes our locally crafted beer more sustainable, both environmentally and economically.
By helping us YOU can be the catalysis that puts New England on the map for world class hop and beer production and puts local ingredients back into our beer.
More Questions? Our friends from Seacoast Beverage Lab created this video which explains everything in a bit more details. Enjoy!
What We Need: $30,000
What the money is for.
$5,000 for Farmers
This money will be split up among our network of farmers giving them some extra capital to plant and expand local hops. Projects include: purchasing rhizomes, building/expanding hop yards, and purchasing shared harvesting and drying equipment.
$5,000 for Brewers
This money will be split up among the breweries that we work with to help subsidize the cost of local ingredients. Modeled after the NY Farm Brewer Bill, this fund will pay barrel taxes for any brewery that sources at least 20% of their ingredients from New England.
$20,000 for The Hops Exchange
We hope to secure a loan of $80,000 to purchase all of the necessary processing equipment to pelletize and package the hops.
The money raised in this campaign will help us pay to outfit our warehouse packaging space to food processing specifications, install a walk-in cooler, and set us up to become the premier hop processor in the Northeast.
What you get
Brainstorm original. 18"x24" screen print
We have a bunch of different perks to offer for pledging to the Hops Exchange. Original Art, Swag, farm dinners, brewery tours, hops, even the chance to brew a batch of beer with the folks from the IRHE!
But most importantly, YOU will know that you helped support a new industry; making New England Farmer's more profitable and our brewers' more sustainable.
Help bring hops back home to New England.
Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:
- Ask folks to get the word out and make some noise about our campaign.
- Share this page on your Facebook, Twitter, and tell your friends in person too!
- Hold a Pledge Party! Invite your friends, mix and mingle, and raise money for a great cause. For more info check out our website at www.isinglassriverhops.com
- Support the Breweries who are making the change: When you order a beer, choose one who is supporting local agriculture.
- Support Farms! Most farms that grow hops also grow other things like veggies, animals, and grains. Buy their stuff, its great!
Let's Revitalize New England's Hop Heritage!