Growing up on a farm created my passion for agriculture, farming, and food. Getting a Master’s degree in Rural Sociology enhanced my understanding of the American agricultural system. Working for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has given me the ability to directly serve farmers across the country. The opportunity to return to my family’s farm to start “farming beer” is something I’ve been dreaming about for years.
Farming, as they say, is not just a business, but a way of life. I consider myself fortunate to have been influenced by the four generations that have preceded me in producing food on my family’s farm. Without farmers we have no food. Without farmers we have no beer. Two of the main ingredients in beer are crops that the average consumer knows little about. My goal is to change that and to help acknowledge the important role that farmers play in growing the hops and barley needed to produce great beer.
Follow me as I plant, grow, and harvest hops, barley, and other crops just outside of Monroe “Cheese City” Wisconsin as I create a brew that I grew with truly farm-grown ingredients. Learn about this process as I document everything from beginning to end. Schedule a tour to come on out and see, smell, taste, and touch the actual ingredients that will be used in this farm-to-keg beer. Become involved and learn about the integral role farmers play in producing the agricultural crops in Wisconsin’s favorite beverage.