Established in 2013 by a father and son team, Black River Hops utilizes organic agricultural practices and locally sourced resources, and we aim for sustainability in all aspects of our operation. Our goal is to supply Ottawa and the Valley’s brewers with the best possible local organic hops.
Our geographical location, climate, and growing conditions give our hops a unique terroir. Nestled between the mighty Ottawa River and the meandering Black River (La Riviere Noire), in Western Quebec, Black River Hops is perfectly situated for growing hops.
Black River Hops began as a conversation between family and friends, and the idea of a project to increase access to local organic ingredients developed. Soon, this idea, and the passion for growing hops took over, and Black River Hops was born.
The instant success of the hopsyard was likely due to its naturally excellent growing conditions, including fertile, well-drained soils, full-day sunlight exposure, and shelter from high-winds. These factors helped produce a hops yield that far surpassed our expectations.
On the sustainability front, we have a drip-irrigation system, locally and selectively harvested cedar posts, and other re-used or re-purposed materials from the farm. We also employ the exclusive use of “green manure” in the hopsyard, with plans to supplement soil nutrients with on-site cattle manure.* We believe these features will enable Black River Hops to measure up to the highest standards of quality and sustainability.
*Cattle are grass-raised on-site in green pastures where they are free to roam; i.e. there are no high-density feedlots or intensive farming practices employed. This system has been practiced by our family for the last half-century and no pesticides, herbicides, or chemicals have been used in the last quarter-century on our farm.