Join local brewers along with staff from Smithsonian, the U.S. National Arboretum, and the University of Maryland for a celebration of the history, research, and ways hops enlivens gardens and palates alike. “Brew in the Garden” programs, beer gardens, and even the planting of hops in home gardens have led to an appreciation of the diverse range of brews that stem from this bountiful plant.
The tour begins at the University of Maryland’s Western Maryland Research and Education Center where you will learn about hops and hops research with members of the University team and staff from nearby Flying Dog Brewery. After a tour of the research facilities and plant trials head to Flying Dog to continue the day with lunch followed by a brewery tour and tastings.
The tour then moves to the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA) for a discussion about the history of hops and craft beer in the U.S. with Smithsonian’s curator of beer, Theresa McCulla. Next, USNA’s herb garden staff will recount lessons learned from planning and implementing a first-time “Brew in the Garden” event, followed by a visit to the herb garden and a chance to sample some beverages from the D.C. area’s finest craft breweries.
Lunch will be provided.
Departure: Tours depart outside the Blue Room Prefunction on the East side of the conference hotel. Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to departure time.
Additionally, the Association will not be able to accommodate participants driving their own vehicles to/from offsite locations. All attendees must board the bus at the hotel and return with the group at the scheduled times.