For the past several seasons a small group of farmers, suppliers and craft breweries have been meeting at our farm to cooperate in the initiative of growing, selling and brewing from Illinois grown hops.

Finally! This winter, co-hosted by CL Hop Farms, LLC and Tangled Roots Brewing Company, our group extends an invitation to become part of a regional effort of growing, processing and trading specialty crops in the Midwest.

Saturday February 16th in Starved Rock Country, just 90 miles southwest of Chicago we will hear from industry leaders, existing farmers and potential brewer and consumer customers during our Inaugural 2019 Midwest Hop Conference. You do not have to be a member to attend! Pre-registering is encouraged, as seats are limited at the venue.

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Conference LINE-UP

Farmers meeting to share lessons learned, directors sharing industry trends and global effort. Whether already in discussion, or wondering if this group is a fit for your organization, join us on FEB 16th to learn how far we've come, what's happening now and where we need to go to develop and sustain a locally driven hop commodity market in Illinois.

SEE SPEAKERS presenting at 2019 Midwest Hop Conference in Utica, IL


Potential Growers who want to learn the risks and benefits of growing hops and barley and other specialty crops as well as conventional farmers interested in diversifying their commodity portfolio benefit by forming an alliance of farms, from hobby to commercial production, interested in sharing lessons learned of growing hops in the Midwestern United States.


Creating a direct connection between growers and brewers serves to establish a locally driven cycle of supply and demand, including balancing the varieties of hops planted in the Midwest along with matching brewery size with farm size, growing values and overall quality control of 'Going Local'


Many support services such as picking hops, processing hops, importing specialty equipment and even related services such as malting barley, trade commissions, financing of farms and hopyard erection and even specialty retailers all deserve a voice as we grow a sustainable Midwest hop commodity market.

Next Steps...

If you'd like more information on becoming an inaugural member for the 2019 Growing season, submit your information to get updates and announcements about the Midwest Hop Alliance: