On September 9th, Beers in Sac will premiere Farm to Glass, a short film brewed up by Ted Rozalski, Scott Scoville of Beers in Sac, Victoria Suan of Brew Wave and Mike Brennan of Brew Ferment Distill to bring awareness and exposure to bringing hops back to California.
Prior to prohibition, California was a major producer of hops, specifically the greater Sacramento region. Now, however, the demand for craft beer is far greater than the supply and craft brewers are sourcing their hops from outside California.
Julien of New Glory Brewing and Chris Powell of Jackrabbit Brewing, both craft brewers, brought the hop shortage issue to Rohit Nayar of RoCo Wine, a bottle shop in West Sacramento. Rohit talked with his longtime friend Jaspaul Bains, who works at his family’s 200 acre peach farm in Yuba City, and United Hop Farm was born.
In talking about what inspired the documentary, Scott says “we wanted to be a part of reestablishing this region as a major hops producer, bringing locally sourced ingredients back to the Sacramento Valley and into the hands of our brewers. We wanted to highlight the local breweries quest for hops from local farms, and follow their journey from farm to glass.”
Filming started in July and just finished in late August. Scott says that Rohit opened their eyes to hops growing in this region and was the biggest influence in making the documentary.
“Likewise, Victoria Suan of Brew Wave is an incredible videographer, and without her dedication and hard work, this would never have seen the light of day,” Scott adds.
There are under 100 total acres of hops farming in California right now, and Scott says they are hoping that this will bring more exposure to breweries and farms alike – sourcing locally, pushing demand and delivering on what has become a consumer request.
“People want local, people want fresh, and Sacramento can be the leaders on producing the best hops, not just in California, but anywhere,” he says.
The film also features New Helvetia Brewing, Ruhstaller Beer and Oak Park Brewing, River Delta Hop Farm and Putah Creek Hop Farm. The premier starts at 6 pm at New Glory Brewing and tickets are $25 in advance. Visit http://beersinsac.com/premier/ to purchase your tickets and use promo code “10off” to get 10% off your tickets. The price of admission includes:
-Premier viewing of “Farm to Glass” Short Film Documentary
-Dinner from CaliLove Food Truck – Burger & a Side
-Commemorative Pint Glass
-16 Ounce Pour of Special Release Beer
-Beer Infused Caramels from Rebel Confectionery & Jams
-1 Raffle Ticket for Prize Giveaways
There will also be multiple screenings throughout Sacramento’s Farm to Fork Celebration (Sept 13 – 28), dates and times are yet to be determined. They are also working on an informative Farm to Glass CA website and any questions regarding sponsoring land, hops for home brewers, visiting farms, or farm events can be directed to email@example.com
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