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How a Fresno farmer is growing hops for beer in the Valley heat


BUT A FRESNO FARMER HAS BEEN ABLE TO GROW SEVERAL VARIETIES OF HOPS IN OUR SUMMER HEAT. THE VINES REACH HIGH BECAUSE THE SKY’S THE LIMIT FOR THE HOPS MARKET. THE FLOWERS ARE SOUGHT BY BREWERIES FOR THEIR BRIGHT YELLOW OIL CALLED LUPULIN. ONCE HOPS BAKE TO A CRISP IN THE SUN, THEY’RE READY FOR HARVEST. GRANT PARNAGIAN ALWAYS HEARD THE VALLEY WAS TOO HOT TO GROW HOPS. GRANT SAYS, HOLD MY BEER. ONCE THE HOPS ARE TAKEN OFF THE TRELLIS, PROCESSING GOES QUICKLY. THE HOPS ARE SEPARATED AND HELD IN COLD STORAGE IN BINS AND THEN DEHYDRATED. THE PELLETS ARE THEN LEFT TO COOL. IT TAKES JUST 24 HOURS TO GO FROM HARVESTING TO PACKAGING PARNAGIAN’S GOLDEN STATE HOPS. SEVERAL LOCAL BREWERIES HAVE USED THE LOCALLY-GROWN HOPS. GRANT HAS SAMPLED EVERY VARIETY. PARNAGIAN FIGURES BEERMAKERS AROUND THE STATE WOULD LOVE TO FEATURE CALIFORNIA-GROWN HOPS AND HE’S GOT A GOOD JUMP ON THE COMPETITION. LAST YEAR PARNAGIAN’S HOP CROP WAS DISTRIBUTED TO BREWERIES TO MAKE SURE IT WAS A GOOD PRODUCT. IT WAS. NOW HE’S ABLE TO DELIVER MORE HOPS TO BEERMAKERS WHO NEED IT. DALE YURONG ABC30 ACTION NEWS. A NEW D

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