Hop Harvest Fest
Sweet 16 Farm and Island City Brewing Company are teaming up to host our first annual farm to brewery hop harvest fest. The hop yard will be heavy with hops and we need all hands on deck to get them picked. Come join in the fun. Gates open at noon. We will have live music beginning at 5:00pm as well as beer from Island City, and Rubio’s food truck. Camping is encouraged. $10 entrance fee (+$5 if camping). Beer and food not included.
For all you disc golf enthusiasts, day two of the hop harvest event will feature a disc golf tournament. Come try your arm at our 20-hole course through rolling terrain. Tournament begins at 11:00am. $5 entrance fee.
All hops picked at this event will go into a new, wet-hopped beer at Island City Brewing Company. Come be a part of the local craft beer scene and enjoy a weekend on Sweet 16 Farm in the beautiful Root River Valley of southeastern Minnesota.
Saturday, August 26 Music Schedule:
5:00pm — Ilika Ward Duo
6:30pm — The Bootleggers
8:00pm — Lou Shields
9:30pm — Ian Hilmer + Stagefright reunion
The Hop Yard
We are a small-scale hop yard located in the Root River Valley of Southeastern Minnesota. Planted in certified organic grounds, our ¼ acre hop yard has two primary varieties: Cascade and Newport. We also maintain a test row with five additional varieties that we are observing for potential expansion: Chinook, Fuggle, Mt. Hood, Nugget, and Willamette.
Our dedication to sustainable farming practices is evident in our hop yard. Our methods are 100% organic. We do not use sprays, fertilizers, or pest deterrents that threaten the natural balance of our local ecosystem. We built our yard using cedar posts harvested from our woods, free-range chickens help with fertilizing and pest control, and we utilize cover cropping in the alleys to minimize weeds and revitalize the soil.