Akiyama Hopyard is a third generation family owned and operated farm. Our unique environment influences the epigenetics of our plants.

About

Our Farm

Akiyama Hopyard is a third generation family owned and operated farm. As the beer industry is developing in the state of California, it is our objective to provide brewers with ingredients that will set themselves apart from the competition. Our unique environment on the Elkhorn Slough influences the epigenetics of our plants and combines to define our distinct hop characteristics. We enjoy farming and enjoy beer, and we love being a part of the industry and our community, providing a unique product and experience.

 

Our Story

In 1970 my grandparents, Isamu and Kiiko Akiyama purchased land on Elkhorn Road and built a carnation nursery. My grandmother Kiiko’s family had been growing carnations for two generations in Sunnyvale, which is where they both gained a majority of their experience. With the help of their two daughters, Noriko and Yoshiko, and son Ben, they were able to create a business based on quality and reliability. Together with the rich dark soil of the land and clean source of water underground, they owned and operated the nursery for 43 years before their final season of production in 2015. Now, with the help of my father Ben, we are adapting to the current market and keeping our heritage alive with the conversion of our farm into a thriving hopyard.

 

Our Process

February to March

February 1, 2017

February to March

Begin to till the land, put up our 20 foot trellis system and install the irrigation system.

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May to July

May 1, 2017

May to July

Bines continue to grow up and flowers start to develop, which eventually grow into hop cones at the end of the summer.

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August to November

August 1, 2017

August to November

Cones will be fully developed and must be allowed to open and mature for another week and a half before harvested. Bines are cut down and hops are picked by…

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November to January

November 1, 2017

November to January

The leftover hop plants maintain some foliage in preparation for dying back to the crown of the plant in the dormant months of November through February.

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