Summit Land’s Hoppy Hour fundraiser will feature new brew and help save lands
The Summit Land Conservancy and Wasatch Brew Pub want to celebrate and raise funds for open lands.
To do this, they are collaborating for the third annual Hoppy Hour on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
The event, open to ages 21 and older, will not only raise funds and awareness for the Summit Land Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving open lands, but also serve as a culmination of hops harvesting that volunteers did over the summer, according to McKenzie Schwartz, the Conservancy’s AmeriCorps intern.
Schwartz, who is responsible for the Hops Hunters program, led hikes on Summit Land Conservancy’s protected open spaces in search of wild hops.
"Hoppy Hour is a celebration of the fruits of our labors," Schwartz said during an interview with The Park Record. "The cost is $15 and the price includes appetizers and two free drinks. The door charge helps us protect more open spaces."
Each attendee will also receive a ticket for an opportunity drawing at the door.
"We’ll also offer T-shirts by Mtn Ranks and other items that people can buy," Schwartz said.
The party will start at 6 p.m. and feature a new brew called Clothing Hoptional that was made by Wasatch Brewer Ray Madsen.
The beer is an unfiltered American golden ale, made with 30 pounds of local hops from Daly Avenue and Prospector Ridge, and the international bittering unit (IBU) is close to 23, according to a statement prepared by Madsen.
The beer has a light body to bring out the hops flavor that is highlighted by a nose or bouquet of passion fruit, according to the statement.
"Ray is an incredible brewer and has brewed an open-space beer even before we came onto the scene," Schwartz said. "We started to collaborate on this three years ago and came up with this idea of getting people out on the open spaces we protect to harvest the hops and enjoy a brew made from those hops."
Schwartz led hikes that took place on the following Sundays and locations
June 14, Empire Canyon, Daly Avenue
June 28, McPolin Farm
July 12, Virginia Mining Claims
"The amount of harvest hops changes from year to year, and we used 30 pounds in the brew this year," she said. "We didn’t use all the hops we harvested."
Local wild hops are thought to have originated from German varieties introduced when German immigrants came to Park City during its mining heyday in the 1800s.
"I love the people who come out on the hikes," Schwartz said. "They were really passionate and engaged in these events. We had a good time finding and harvesting the hops."
The Summit Land Conservancy will host Hoppy Hour 2015 at the Wasatch Brew Pub, 250 Main St., on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Members of the public, ages 21 and older, are invited to enjoy a pint of ale brewed with wild hops harvested on local properties protected by the Conservancy. Tickets are $15 and the price includes appetizers and two drink tickets. For more information, visit wesaveland.org/get-involved/events.
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