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Hoppy INSIDE THE COLORADO STATE UNIVERSIT Y HORTICULTURE CENTER, PL ANTS DON’T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SUMMER SOLSTICE AND THE WINTER SOLSTICE — ESPECIALLY THE HOPS. Because of our collaborative partnership with Philips Lighting, Bill Bauerle, a professor of horticulture and landscape architecture at CSU, produces and harvests hops five times a year — something unique in the United States. “This is the only location in the United States that is able to produce the product five times a year,” said Bauerle. CSU’s Horticulture Center is one of the only growing facilities in the country using the specialized Philips Horticulture LED Solutions lighting, which supports a much quicker growing cycle. “I had the idea to grow hops in our new facility,” said Bauerle. “The timing was right because the new Horticulture Center provided a high-class facility to work in. Additionally, the partnership with Philips added the LED lighting, allowing for yearround production. With those two components available to me, I had the tools to grow them in a controlled environment, and I could now extend the growing season to get multiple production cycles.” The availability of wet — or freshly picked — hops in an area of the country known as the Napa Valley of craft beers will provide a significant benefit to area breweries. “It’s unheard of to have fresh hops at all times of year,” said Bauerle. “They’re normally not available until August or September. This allows brewers to make those wet-hop beers five times a year, whereas the harvest normally only occurred once a year.”

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Food for Thought 2017  
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