A Road Trip to Empire Hops Farm

It’s our annual field trip where we head out to Empire Hops Farm in beautiful Empire, Michigan. We talk with the farm manager Alex Weisen who oversees all that goes on at Empire Hops Farm and much more. Alex gives us a history of the farm and why they decided to start growing hops about eight years ago, the history of hops in Michigan, and the future of the industry here in the mid-west.

Our music in this episode is from the band “The Afterwhile.” You’ll hear their song “I J” from their album “These Days.” The Afterwhile will be performing on Friday, September 18th at 8:30pm.

Our featured beer release this week is ERMAGERDNESS which was dreamed up by one of our Elk Rapids Production Brewers, Al Russell, who is also featured on the label artwork.

There’s a lot of craft beer events going on throughout the state of Michigan this month and we appreciate you tuning in and keeping up to date with Short’s by listening to Short’s Cast. If you have any questions or comments you can always email us at [email protected].