Harvest Time Means Hops At Grayton Beer
August 17, 2017 by Molly Parker
Mid august until late September is the prime time for harvesting hops, the flower cones that contribute to a beer’s aroma, flavor and bitterness. Most are dried but some skip that process and are delivered right to the brewery within hours of harvesting.
“Fresh hops are an amazing opportunity to showcase flavors that aren’t available 24 hours after these hops leave the bine,” says Tyler White, Head Brewer for Grayton Beer company.
It's 6:28 a.m on Friday, August 11th. Five hundred pounds of wet Centennial hops from Hop Head Farms in Michigan ended their 18 hour journey from the field to Grayton Beer Company. The beer created from these hops will be seasonal beer, amber in color, with malt flavors of almond, bread and caramel. But, you’ll have to wait until mid to late September for this fine brew. Until then choose from 14 of their 21 beers at the local taproom ranging from blonds to nitros.
“You don't have to like everything we make, but find one you love,” says Jamey Price, Founder and President of Grayton Beer Company. “Exploring the art of the possible. It’s what we do."
Jamey enjoying a stout. He birthed Grayton Beer Company on January 1, 2014.
Tyler leads the four-man brewing team and received his degree from the most prestigious brewing university in Germany.
“Every year in August, nature gives us a reason to celebrate,” says Tyler.
“Entering into 2018 the sky is the limit. More cans. More styles - a lot of excitement around the brewery,” says Jamey.
You can visit Grayton Beer Company in the taproom located inside the brewery at 217 Serenoa Road, just north of Hwy 98, east of County Hwy 395 (Seagrove Rd). In addition to the year-round styles, a 25-tap draft wall also features small-batch brews as well as four guest taps from other Florida breweries. The taproom is pet and kid friendly, and on most Saturdays, you can enjoy your beer with local fare from food trucks parked at the brewery. Regular Hours: Thursdays: 4 – 8 p.m. Fridays: 4 – 8 p.m. Saturdays: Noon – 6 p.m. Follow Grayton Beer Company on Facebook for all the news on brews and taproom events.