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Scott  Craft Beer Advocate. Proud Bostonian. Occasional Michael Scott quoter. Twitter: @bossbeerhunter

Last month, I had the incredible good fortune of being introduced to Heather and Sam Wilson, from @hopculturefarmsandbrewco, through a mutual friend. I connected with them just as they were close to wrapping a successful #kickstarter campaign, ahead of deadline, to help raise funds for the construction of their nano brewery.
Sam and Heather graciously let me take time out of their extremely busy lives to visit their hop farm in Colchester, CT and learn more about their operations.
To say that Sam and Heather are hardworking people would be to downplay the amount of toil and time they have put into their 40 acre hop farm, cultivating over 3,000 hops while balancing fulltimes jobs: in the workforce and as parents!
If there was one thing evident to me as I walked with them and broke open freshly-grown Cascade hops to breathe in the lupulin powder, it’s that Sam and Heather are the kind of people who are humble about efforts that make a desk jockey like me downright bashful. How they found the time, or the drive, to say nothing of the skill (neither is a legacy farmer) are questions that still elude me. When do they sleep?
Hop Culture Farms is a family effort and their brewery, when it opens, will be a welcome place for beerlovers and families alike. The kind of place they would want to build for their own family - which they did.
Look for the opening soon! I have no doubt this place will be special.
#hopculturefarmsandbrewco #hops #hoptography #connecticutfarms #supportlocalfarmers #ctbeer #craftbeerlife #lupulin #lupulinpowder #instablog #beerblogger

Recent fave from @bunkerbrewing; just a really well-constructed IPA, big bright citrus up front and a respectable malt backbone, trace of bitterness. Building blocks game on point. #showusyourcans #beersofinstagram #craftbeer #beergeek #beerme #terrariumipa #beerstagram #beerme #craftcans #craftbeerlover #craftbeerporn #beertography

I was entirely too stoked by my new #teku glass and first-ever can of Orange Dinosaur from @mysticbrewery to wait more than an hour since receipt to give them a try! Big thanks to @cmarie.design and @daniel_spinale respectively for the gifts; #properglassware has been a keenly-observed Insta-struggle of mine (hardy har, @pintsonthepike) and adding a new chalice to my collection, while breaking it in with this juicy deight, makes a good night, great. Cheers to @mysticbrewery! #MassBrewMonday #beerfriends #beerstagram #craftbeer #orangedinosaur #beergeek #beerme #mysticbrewery #beersofinstagram #beertography #showusyourcans

Dry citrus haze, medium body, mild sweetness. Well-rounded little Nelson meld on the first swingset-day in days. Summer’s not gone. Not yet, anyway. #thirstythursday #beertography #trilliumbrewing #craftbeer #beerstagram #beergeek #beerme #beersofinstagram #georgesisland #showusyourcans

I know that I will be hoisting more than my fair share of these at the Oktoberfest at @idlehandsbeer on Saturday (and you should, too). But, to quote Darryl Philbin from The Office: ‘I just can’t help myself.’ Party with me and the Lager Lads from #malden on Saturday. I’ll be there with @pintsonthepike as soon as the doors open at 10:00. Who’s coming with me? #drinkidlehands #oktoberfest #craftbeer #stein #festbier #beerstagram #beergeek #beerme #craftbeerlife #prost #madeinmalden #drinklocalma #beersofinstagram

‘He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.’ I guess that’s why, to celebrate the rain (odd decision, you say?) and welcome what feels like the first day of Autumn (although it’s not, and we know it’s not), I cracked into this light, sweet Harvest Ale from @capecodbeer. Similar in taste to an Oktoberfest but with a lighter body. Because when summer starts to really fade away, there’s a time to weep, and a time to reap. #MassBrewMonday #harvestale #capecodbeer #craftbeer #harvester #beerstagram #beergeek #beerme #beersofinstagram #winteriscoming

Haven’t treated myself to a @trilliumbrewing mix 4 pack in a good long while, so it felt appropriate to break that dry spell on #nationalbeerloversday. Don’t worry, you’ll know what I think of them soon enough 😉 #friyay #trilliumbrewing #craftbeer #beerstagram #showusyourcans #craftcans #beerme #beergeek #beersofinstagram

It’s not just a pair of killer beers at one of my #top10 favorite breweries in Massachusetts. It’s the surprise friend-visit that came with it. Big ups to my #birthdaybuddy @mikesantoro712 and his brewery in planning @astoriabrewingprojects for the round, and the time. And of course, cheers to @lamplighterbrew for making great beer in a space that people from all over want to visit. #tipsytuesday #beerfriends #craftbeer #beerstagram #ilovelamp #beersofinstagram #squad #beerfriendsarethebestfriends #cambridge #beergeek #beertography

When you set a company record and close a milestone month, you kick things off in the office — and do it early. The tagline for Nimble Giant, a dank DIPA with a malt backbone that feels built of obsidian soul-brick, is Once a Year. I think that feels right. @troegsbeer #craftbeer #nimblegiant #friday #milestones #onceayear #beerstagram #beertography #workbeer #dipa #craftbeerlife #beerme #beeroclock #showusyourcans

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