Local hops producers, brewers to offer educational program at Oxford Farmers’ Market

OXFORD – For nearly a thousand years, hops have been utilized as an addition of the three main ingredients of beer – grain, water, and yeast. But this Saturday, Aug. 22, community members are invited to the Oxford Farmers' Market to learn first-hand what the hop fuss is all about.

Arguably the most important factor and variable in the unique flavoring of today's brewed beer, the first documented link between hops and brewing reaches back to 822 AD when a Benedictine abbot wrote a series of statutes pertaining to the operation of the monastery that included gathering sufficient hops for making beer.

Historical evidence suggests that commercial hop cultivation began in northern Germany during the twelfth or thirteenth century, and that the Germans were exporting hopped beer from the thirteenth century onward.

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