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Friday, September 9, 2022
OSU Researchers Seeking to Make Hops a New Oklahoma Crop
This fall- there's a new craft beer being offered to those who attend OSU football games- brewed by Monk Brewing Company of Stillwater- and the researchers in DASNR at the OSU have been working with the craft brewer to come up with a local source of a key ingredient for beer- Hops.

Five years ago, Bruce Dunn, a professor in the horticulture and landscape architecture department, decided to throw hops into his greenhouse mix because he had some extra space.

“It grew well but was attacked by spider mites, so I took it out to The Botanic Garden at OSU, and I was surprised to see it did really well there,” Dunn said. “One year, I harvested a trash bag full of a few different varieties, and I took that bag to Iron Monk, and they said they would see what they could do with it. A couple of weeks later, they called me and said they had made a batch with it.”

Armed with the knowledge that hops could do well in both greenhouse and field environments, Dunn approached Charles Fontanier, associate professor, in the OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

“What I really wanted to see was if we could grow better yields or higher quality plants in a greenhouse compared to field production,” Dunn said.

Fontanier said to their knowledge, OSU is one of only three hops growers in Oklahoma – a number he, Dunn and doctoral student Katie Stenmark want to change.

“The specific goal is to verify that quality hops can be grown in Oklahoma and to select the cultivars that grow best here, so we can create a local source of hops for Oklahoma craft breweries,” said Stenmark, who is working on the project for her dissertation.

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