Front Range Hop Company: Supporting Growth of Colorado Hops

Front Range Hops Comany LogoFront Range Hop Company is a family owned and operated hop processor and wholesaler Located in Longmont, Colorado. Front Range provides a number of services both to local hop growers and breweries. Their mission is to support the growth of the hop industry in Colorado by helping to facilitate farm expansion and advocating for the broader use of local hops by local breweries. The team at Front Range Hop Company has a passion for local hops and craft beer, and hope to be a valuable resource to the growing Colorado craft beer industry.

From www.FRHops.com, “At The Front Range Hop Company, we are dedicated to supporting the local Colorado hop producing industry. We provide numerous processing services to remove barriers for existing as well as new hop growers. We also provide a single point of contact for brewers that are looking to source quality and consistent hops for their beers. Above all we believe in the quality of our products and that high quality ingredients make high quality beer.”

For Breweries:

Consistency of Product:
You can have peace of mind that no matter what local farm you hops came from that they have been handled correctly. All of our hops go through the same process so you can be sure of a quality and consistent product every time you order through us

Single Point of Contact: Looking for more than one type of local hop can be difficult and time consuming. Who grows that locally? How can I get in touch with them? Do they have any left? We partner with many farms and are always looking to expand our network. Because of this we can be your single point of contact for all your local hop needs. Even if we don’t have a particular variety we will always attempt to point you in the right direction

High Quality: We have made investments in state of the art processing equipment to ensure the highest quality in the hops we process. We do not allow our hops to exceed 100F at any point in our processing, this includes our drying and pelletizing processes. By keeping the temperature of the hops below 100f we preserve volatile compounds that are normally destroyed in large scale hop processing. This results in a better quality product and fresher more tasty beer

Laboratory Testing Each hop variety from each farm is professionally laboratory tested by a independent third party lab. This takes the guesswork out of working with hops of unknown alpha/beta levels. each package is marked with the type, farm of origin as well as all laboratory findings

Anticipated 2014 Crop Through our local hop farm partnerships we anticipate having the following variety available after the 2014 harvest

  • Cascade
  • Chinook
  • Crystal
  • CTZ
  • Willamette
  • Mt Hood
  • Tettnanger
  • Nugget

Very Limited Avaliability

  • Glacier
  • Kirin II
  • Sorachi Ace

For Hop Growers:

Professional Picking:
We utilize a local Wolf Picker to professional pick our bines. This service takes a bit or coordination depending on when your crop is ready but once that is done all you need to do is cut down your bines and let us handle all the picking work for you. When it is this easy maybe you can handle planting another couple acres?

Drying:
After our hops are picked they arrive at our facility. There they are cataloged and loaded into our custom oasts (dryers). Unlike some large scale commercial drying operations that will dry at temperatures exceeding 140f we use minimal heating and never above 100f. This produces a higher quality hop and preserves volatile compounds that are lost at higher temperatures. Our oasts are designed to dry a total of 4000lbs of wet hops to 8% moisture in a 24 hour period. The smallest amount of one type of hop that can be dried is 50lbs (wet weight)

Milling and Pelletizing:
After drying hops can be used as leaf hops or further processed into pellets. Our custom Hammer Mill and Pellet Mill are professionally made in Colorado. We pelletize under active liquid nitrogen cooling to preserve the quality of the finished product. At no time in the processing do we allow the temperature of the hops to exceed 100f, again preserving volatile compounds and providing the highest quality product. Our Pellet mill will pelletize roughly 40lbs of material an hour

Packaging:
We utilize state of the art modified atmosphere packaging technology. This process removes all air in the packaging and replaces it with nitrogen. Combining this technique with high quality 7mil Mylar bags provides optimal shelf life and ensures a high quality product. We can package in anything from 3oz packages to 5lbs packages to fit your needs

Sales and Distribution:
Through our contacts at many local breweries we can assist in finding a home for your crop. Many times we receive calls looking for certain varieties. We can help with the transaction and delivery of your finished hops

Pay In Hops Program:
We know that for most farms around the harvest time cash can be tight. Our Pay in Hops Program aims to help with this cash flow problem. We allow our customers to pay some or all of their processing bills with their finished hops.

For Homebrewers:

Starting in 2014 we will be packaging some of our crop in 3oz packages of pellets for home brewers. you will be able to order here through our website as well as in some Colorado home brew stores. If you haven’t made a locally hoped IPA yet plan on doing one this year!

Anticipated 2014 Crop: Through our local hop farm partnerships we anticipate having the following varieties available after the 2014 harvest

  • Cascade
  • Chinook
  • Crystal
  • Willamette
  • Mt Hood
  • Tettnanger
  • Nugget

Front Range Hop Company
1240 Ken Pratt Blvd, Unit 9B
Longmont, CO 80501
info@frhops.com

Homebrew Suppliers


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Colorado Homebrew Suppliers
If you’re interested in homebrewing, don’t hesitate to head over to a homebrew supply shop near you. There are many helpful homebrewers that started out just like you… looking for where to begin. Happy Brewing!

Bald Brewer Homebrewing & Wine Making Supplies – Longmont, CO: Longmont’s own homebrewing and winemaking supply store. Find everything you need to brew beer or make wine. Shop online or come visit the store in Longmont.
651 8th Ave. Longmont, Co 80501 | 303-682-4314

Barley Haven – Lakewood, CO: Our homebrew retail store is open 7 days a week (362 days a year) to the public, and is conveniently and centrally positioned just outside of Denver near the Front Range mountains in Lakewood, Colorado along Wadsworth Blvd.
1050 South Wadsworth Blvd. Lakewood, CO 80226 | 303-936-2337

Beer at Home – Englewood & Westminster, CO: We dream of a nation of Homebrewers and Winemakers storming the gates of mediocrity and challenging the status quo. We seek to advance beer culture and fermentation knowledge.
4393 South Broadway Englewood, CO 80113 | 303 789-3676

Brew ‘n Q – Denver, CO: Brew ‘n Q is central Denver’s destination for creative individuals seeking reliable service and quality fixin’s for homebrewing and barbequing. Whether you’re just getting started or fine-tuning your craft, Brew ‘n Q is here for you every step of the way.
2801 Walnut Street Unit C. Denver, Colorado 80205 | (303) 292-BREW (2739)

Castle Rock Homebrew Supply – Castle Rock, CO: At Castle Rock Homebrew Supply, we carry all of the ingredients and equipment you need to make great beer and wine at home.  If you don’t see it, let us order it.  Price lists are subject to change without notice.
1043 Park Street Castle Rock, CO 80109 | 303-660-2275

Do Your Brew – Westminster, CO: Providing the highest quality products & equipment at the most competitive price for the home brewing community since 2007. Denver’s only Brew on Premise site, where you can brew your own Beer or Wine. We offer a complete facility for brewing and wine making.
9050 W 88th Ave Westminster, CO 80005 | 303-476-3257

Front Range Hop Company – Longmont, CO: We are a family owned and operated hop processor and wholesaler Located in Longmont Colorado. We provide a number of services both to local Hop Growers and Breweries. Our mission is to support the growth of the hop industry in Colorado by helping to facilitate farm expansion and advocating for the broader use of Local hops by local breweries.
1240 Ken Pratt Blvd, Unit 9B Longmont, CO 80501 | info@frhops.com

High Hops Hop Farm & Brew Shop – Windsor, CO: High Hops has the largest selection of Phyto-Sanitary Certified hop plants for sale on the web available for shipping nationwide. These are Colorado hops, nurtured by an average of 320 days of sunshine. With our hop plants grown on-site at the foot of the Rockies and our brewing supply shop, High Hops is a home brewers paradise with everything you need to start brewing beer or wine today.
6461 Hwy 392 Windsor, CO 80550 | highhops1@yahoo.com

Hops & Berries – Fort Collins, CO: Established December 2005, Hops and Berries is conveniently located in Historic Old Town Fort Collins. We are a fully stocked shop and carry everything you need to make beer, wine, mead, soda and cheese at home. We also have a full line of draft equipment and can help get your home system up and running.
125 Remington Street Fort Collins, CO 80524 | 970-493-2484

iCustomLabels – Create custom beer labels for you homebrews. iCustomLabel is a top provider of custom beer labels. We have a design to suit every occasion. From baby showers and weddings to religious events or creating your own for any other type of special event, there is nothing better than using customized labels.

Juice of the Barley Homebrew Shop – Greeley, CO: Juice of the Barley is the brain child of a passionate and professional home brewer Jeremy Fusco. Jeremy has been a avid home brewer, going on 10 years. He has extensive knowledge in the home brewing process and a desire to see a growing home brewing movement in Greeley. Juice Of The Barley provides an opportunity to see growth in Greeley’s beer culture.
2961 29th Street Greeley, CO 80634 | 970-515-6326

Kettles Home Brew – Fruita, CO: Located in the same building as Copper Club Brewing Co. Beer Equipment Kits, Beer Ingredients Kits, Large Selection of Malt Extracts, Large Selection of All-Grain Malts (Milled On-Site), Dry Yeasts, Liquid Yeasts, Bottling Supplies.
233 E. Aspen Ave. Fruita, CO. 81521 | 970-858-4700

Kitchen & Homebrew Supply – Woodland Park, CO: Kitchen & Homebrew Supply sells homebrewing equipment and the grains, malt extracts, hops, spices and yeast needed to make your special homebrew, whether you are an extract brewer or all-grain brewer.
1083 East US Highway 24 Woodland Park, CO 80863 | 719-687-0557

Lafayette Homebrew Supply – Lafayette, CO: We can provide you with everything you need to make beer, wine or whatever else you may be fermenting at home. We have an extensive selection of base malts, specialty malts, pellet and leaf hops, liquid yeast strains (Wyeast and White Labs), dry yeasts for beer, wine, cider and mead, wine kits, beer kits, and all the equipment you’ll need including kegging and draft supplies.
400 W. South Boulder Rd., Suite 2500 Lafayette, CO 80026 | 720 484-5756

Labeley – Custom Labels: Create Your Custom Label Online in Minutes. We’ll Professionally Print Them. No account required. 100% Free.

Old West Homebrew Supply – Colorado Springs, CO: You can count on us to help you make great beer, wine, and mead at home. Our fresh products and great staff will have you brewing like a pro in no time, so browse our store and shop with confidence.
229 East Pikes Peak Ave Colorado Springs, CO 80903 | 719-635-2443

Quirky Homebrew – Northglenn, CO: At Quirky Homebrew we are ready and willing to help the new brewer find their way through their first recipe to working with the experienced all-grain brewer on their three tier system making a complex and unique brew.
425 W 115th Ave, Unit 6 Northglenn, CO 80234 | 303-457-3555

The Brew Hut – Aurora, CO: The Brew Hut offers the most comprehensive line of home brewing and wine making supplies on the internet! Due to our large, constantly updated inventory we are unable to offer online ordering. Please give us a call to place your order from one of our friendly on-site brewmasters. Price and availability are subject to change.
15120 E Hampden Ave Aurora, CO 80014 | 303-680-8898

Tom’s Brew Shop – Lakewood, CO: Purveyers of fine home brewing supplies. Taking care of all of your Home Brewing supply needs, also offering keg repairs and upgrades.
883 Parfet St., Unit J Lakewood CO  80215-5548 | 303-232-KEGS-(5347)

Wine or Wort Homebrew Supply – Gypsum, CO: Wine or Wort Home Brew Supply was opened in March of 2012 to provide home brewers and wine makers in the Colorado high country a local place to buy home brewing supplies and learn more about home brewing.
150 Cooley Mesa Rd Gypsum, CO 81637 | 970-524-2337