Opening a bag of hops from Four Star is a decidedly different experience than opening a bag of pellets that arrive to me after traveling 1000s of miles, handed off to countless entities before finally reaching my brewery. Four Star hops arrive smelling literally like they were just picked! Each addition to the boiling kettle fills our brewhouse with the most intensely satisfying aroma, that is simply not replicated with the hops we get from the west coast. The varieties they grow possess a compelling personality, and are of a quality rivaling anything you can get from the more traditional hop growing regions.
As a brewer it is truly a gift to have a killer hop farm as my neighbor, but also knowing that I’m supporting a small business and a wonderful family at the same time only adds to the experience that much more!