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Hop Rhizomes and Hoppy Beer

By William Brand
Tuesday, April 5th, 2005 at 11:43 pm in Uncategorized.

HAYWARD _ In a small-scale revival, the Bistro, a pub-restaurant at 1001 B St. in downtown Hayward this Saturday will sell hop rhizomes, the underground stems of the hop plant, at low cost to interested gardeners and home brewers.

It’s an almost forgotten chapter of Bay Area history, but 75 years ago, hops, the bittering agent in beer, were widely grown here. Pests and a persistent mold forced hop growers to move north into Oregon and Washington.

There’s been a small-scale Bay Area revival recently, which is why Bistro proprietor Vic Kralj holds an annual festival. On sale for $3 each, will be rhizomes of Cascade, Chinook and Centennial hops. Hours are noon-7 p.m . and a number of beers made with these hops will be on tap. Information: (510) 886-8525.

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