Hops 2012 – April

Spring stopped by early in Binghamton, and then took a ten day vacation. Hops were happy, then the hops were cold. A few of the tallest and first shoots were damaged when covered for the last hard frost at the end of March. Some of the newly transplanted cuttings are doing decent. I moved thirty cuttings outside into five pots. I use eighteen gallon blue buckets that were previously readily available at Home Depot for $6 the last few years. This year, not there. I have fourteen pots – three are on their third year, six are on their second, and five new ones; each with twelve cuttings. I will be erecting a pole in my backyard shortly to run lines up to with the ability to lower and raise each bucket individually; each with four lines per bucket. For those keeping score, fourteen buckets, four lines, with three bines per line comes to 168 bines total. Awesome.

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Cuttings are ready to transplant outdoors. The roots have found their way out the bottom of the peat planter.

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“Binghamton-Bound Breweries” via The Press & Sun Bulletin

We (Black Heart Brewery), were recently interviewed for an article in our local paper about the 4 breweries and brewpubs planning to open in Binghamton, NY. Today, the article ran in The Press & Sun Bulletin on the front page. Here is the section on our business:

Black Heart Brewery

What: Nanobrewery, using ingredients from the Finger Lakes region.

Where: Currently brewing 10-gallon, all-grain batches from the garage of Brett Martin’s home on Binghamton’s West Side. They made their first batch of beer around 2004. They now brew about once a week, making mostly ales — mainly a pale ale, a porter and a few other beers.

They’re looking for a new location — about 1,600 to 2,000 square feet — and are considering Binghamton.

When: They hope to open at the new site in the spring and initially sell their beer in kegs to bars.

Who: Friends Brett Martin, the business owner, and Jay Maslar, head brewer. Both are 2002 Seton Catholic Central High School graduates. They sat next to each other in class, thanks to assigned seating based on the alphabetical order of their last names.

Martin is an iPhone programmer at United Health Services. Maslar works at an area jewelry store and does video and audio work for Broome Community College. They expect to operate the business by themselves for at least the first six to 12 months.

On the Web: blackheartbrewery.com.

Here is the whole article:
http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20111204/BUSINESS/112040349/Binghamton-bound-breweries