Shippensburg University is expanding its support of the craft brewing industry at the very root of production with a specialty crop grant from the PA Department of Agriculture. This Spring, Ship will offer a course for local landowners and farmers to learn about planting, managing, harvesting, drying and distributing hops used for the brewing industry.

Last year, Ship launched its Brew Science program with a grant from the PA Liquor Control Board. The program provides short courses and training opportunities that meet the needs of Pennsylvania’s brewed and malt beverage industry.

“This course will be co-taught by university faculty experts, commercial hop farmers, and production brewers to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of hops that will allow them to make sound decisions about their involvement in a value-added specialty crop,” said Dr. Alison Feeney, grant director and professor of geography/earth science.

Starting January 11 and running through May, this course is open to anyone interested in the brewing industry or in growing hops. The hybrid program will feature  pre-recorded lectures, allowing participants to learn at their own pace, as well as synchronous Zoom meetings to allow participants to ask questions, talk to the instructors, and connect with classmates. Participants will receive a book on hops as well as a hop rhizome to grow at home.

One of the main objectives of this course is to build a social support network within the market chain. If allowed by COVID-19 mitigation protocols, this course will culminate in a reception between potential hop growers and brewers to have a candid discussion on the viability of locally sourced ingredients.

With the generous support of the grant, the Hops for Brewing course has a special introductory rate of $100. Learn more and register at: