In our estate hop field, thousands of strings reach from the ground to 18-foot trellis tops. They hang with the slightest curve, like a person’s arched back during a morning yawn. When the hops wake up they start climbing that twine.

If you drive by our brewery now, you’ll see that our eight acres of hops are well rested; Cascade, Chinook, Citra and more are charging skyward, bright with color and promise. Our agriculture team will cater to their health leading up to the August/September harvest, although there’s more to the hops than their summer lushness... Read More

June 20, 2013 – 10:21am

Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. 

As we were looking for sites for a second brewery, we had a list of “must haves” from the start—things like great water, and access to shipping and raw materials. There was a second list, though,... Read More

June 11, 2013 – 3:14pm

Numerous mandarin trees contributed to our latest Ovila® Abbey Ale collaboration, but there’s a special group of six whose fruit are part of every bottle.

When we designed the recipes for two new Ovila beers, we asked the monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux if they could spare estate-grown goods for the project. We felt, and they agreed, that their agricultural endeavors—a mere 20 minutes up the road—would enrich the spirit of the collaboration.

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May 28, 2013 – 8:52am