Unfortunately, I'll be heading to the beach, but if you have the time this Saturday, you may want to check out the 2nd Annual Hops Festival at Echoview Farm in Weaverville, NC. The event feature local craft beer, bluegrass music and a tour of the farm's hops yard.
The 75-acre Echoview Farm,which is dedicated to sustainable agriculture, is also the largest producer of hops in NC. Hops are traditionally grown the the western parts of the U.S., but Echoview has set out to demonstrate that eastern states can be suitable to the crop, too. The farm currently grows 9 varieties, which find their way into Asheville-area craft brews after harvest.
The event takes place from 11 AM to 3 PM. Admission costs $10 per person
and includes lunch, samples of beers brewed with Echoview hops and a
tasting glass. Registration is online at www.echoviewfarm.com.
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