Heavy Hops Harvest on Hand 28 Aug 17

FOLEY, Minn. (AP) — A hops farm in central Minnesota is preparing for its largest harvest to date.

The St. Cloud Times reports that Mighty Axe Hops will soon harvest its first batch of hops since moving to Foley a year ago.

The farm began five years ago in Ham Lake but relocated to Foley for more space.

CEO Eric Sannerud says the harvest is expected to yield about 60,000 pounds of hops. The four different varieties of hops will likely be harvested in late August or early September. Sannerud says most of the hops in production are already contracted to several local breweries.

Hops are used in the beer brewing process to add bitterness, aroma and flavor. Certain varieties of hops can contribute specific flavors to beer such as citrus or herbal.