A friend recently reached out about a new project he was doing. It’s a podcast called Trellis to Table and it’s focus is craft brewing starting at the farm stage. Since I don’t really know anything about craft brewing or farming, I figured I’d let Simon take it away from here.
From Simon of Trellis to Table:
They say everything old is new again – now more than ever, as Upstate NY experiences regrowth in so many areas, weâ€™re a great example of that. Iâ€™m really excited to be putting together a guest post for Keep Albany Boring – itâ€™s been a great resource for me to learn about whatâ€™s happening in the region, and I really think my latest project is something folks in the 518 can get really stoked about.
My new project is bringing together two old ideas – radio and hop farming. Stay with me here, I know this probably sounds crazy. Itâ€™s called Trellis to Table. Itâ€™s an interview podcast.
You guys know about hops, right? The primary ingredient behind the fastest growing craft beer style of all time, the IPA? The green pine-cone looking ingredient that makes our beers spicy and citrusy and intensely aromatic? Did you know that before Prohibition, New York State produced 80% of the hops grown in the United States? Thatâ€™s right!
Craft breweries are multiplying like crazy in New York, and weâ€™re starting to experience a resurgence of our old hop farms as well. Like many beer enthusiasts, I was absolutely charmed by the idea of growing ingredients for beer locally, and I fell into the rabbit hole of internet research; something many of you can relate to, I bet. You start innocently enough with Wikipedia, but you end up deep in the blogs and the weird industry associations – and thatâ€™s when I realized there was a real shortage of accurate and evidence-based information out there for folks working on the agricultural side of craft beer – the farmers, big and small.
I figured if I was curious about this, I wasnâ€™t alone. So, I started to call up local farms that advertised hops. I rang agricultural scientists who had written about hop farming. I asked them about their challenges, about lessons theyâ€™d learned and experiments theyâ€™d tried. It turns out hop farmers are incredibly inventive when it comes to getting big things done on a shoestring budget.
I was even lucky enough to speak with folks high on the food chain at Ommegang and Flying Dog – and in the interest of open source living, and creating value for everybody (instead of just for me), I recorded these chats. Thatâ€™s where the radio part comes in.
I started to distribute the interviews on the internet, through a blog and iTunes and other services – and itâ€™s sort of blown up. The initial group of interviews has already been downloaded over a thousand times. People are hungry for local beer and hungry to hear the stories of the folks who grow and process the ingredients for that local beer. Itâ€™s been a really crazy ride, and if any part of this rings your bell, Iâ€™d love for you to join us. Weâ€™re bringing hops back, and weâ€™re using the old fashioned power of human interaction to do it!
You can find Trellis to Table on iTunes and Stitcher, as well as directly at [trellistotable.com](https://trellistotable.com).
If you’re at all interested in craft brewing, farming, or both this is definitely for you.
Photo: Flickr/Paul Miller