It's time for our annual Neighborhood Hop Swap — our favorite event of the summer! Happening this year at BOTH Denver Beer Co Taprooms!
Each summer we host an annual “Neighborhood Hop Swap” during which we hand out traditional hop rhizomes for Denverites to grow in their own backyards.
The hop rhizomes are FREE to anyone willing to give them water, sunshine, and a little love to grow throughout the summer season.
We'll be giving away 100 baby hop rhizome starters on a first come, first served basis during the Hop Swap on May 16st from 5pm-7pm at both Taprooms!
Once the hops mature in the fall, Hop Swap participants bring their hop harvest back to the brewery where they are used in a true “local” brew. Hop… Swap farmers have the opportunity to help Denver Beer Co. brewers craft a traditional American Pale Ale made with their own hops. Once the Hop Swap beer is ready for drinking, Hop Swap farmers are invited in to pick up a complimentary growler of their home-grown Hop Swap Ale.
So who should come to the Hop Swap? Denver Beer Co. invites anyone with a small plot of land, vertical space, and a love of craft beer to participate in the Hop Swap! The hop starters are from Summit Plant Labs are well suited to grow in Colorado’s Front Range climate.
Why do we love this event? Creating a true community-grown beer with hops from Denver gardens is the highlight of our year. Each year the character of the hops vary as do our farmers’ soil, sun, and water conditions. As a result, the flavor of the beer is nuanced to reflect the conditions of the particular Denver summer and the unique Denver farmers who care for the hops.