Unfortunately, we will not be able to analyze hops samples for the 2021 season. We are disappointed to make this announcement and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, but we have much better news for the longer term.
First, we are taking this year off because we have invested in new equipment and supplies so we can make our analytical methods more robust. Next, we are thrilled to announce that Cornell has received initial funding for a hops breeding program. The Cornell Craft Beverage Institute is excited to work with Dr. Larry Smart in the School of Integrated Plant Science as new hops cultivars are created to meet the needs of growers in the northeastern United States and beyond.
While we are sorry to not be part of the 2021 hops harvest, we hope to be able to work with hops growers for many years to come. If you would like a referral to a lab for this year, please contact Molly Cappiello at mec339 [at] cornell.edu. Thank you for your patience, good luck with this year’s harvest, and we’ll be back in touch soon.
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