Lawrenceville will get its second craft brewery of the summer within the next two weeks when
Hop Farm Brewing Company
opens the doors to its 4,700 square-foot space at 5601 Butler Street.
“This is the first time I’ve done this,” says Hop Farm founder Matt Gouwens. “It’s a big undertaking.”
Gouwens, who worked as a web and graphic designer before deciding to start a brewery, has been operating as a home brewer for the last five years, growing different varieties of hops in his yard.
When he decided to go commercial, he knew he couldn’t grow all of his own hops, and wanted to add a local spin to his product.
“I thought, ‘why not get a farmer involved in this?’” says Gouwens.
Hop Farm’s hops will come from an actual hop farm that’s currently being set up in Cranberry Township.
When he opens for business later this month, Gouwens says he’ll have a selection of three beers — a saison, a nut brown and naturally, an IPA.
“Our plan after that is getting into a Russian Imperial Stout and aging it in some bourbon barrels,” says Gouwens.
Hop Farm’s beers will initially be available only in growlers, but Gouwens says he will begin canning them once the government approves his label.
Writer: Matthew Wein
Source: Matt Gouwens