Jernigan’s Grill & Tap House will host an informal talk on growing hops with J-E Paino of Ruhstaller Beer, followed by lunch and beer at the Nevada City restaurant.
Hops are a hardy perennial plant well suited to the region. Reliable yield, demand and excellent sales prices combine with steady growth in the craft beer and home-brewing industry to make hops an ideal candidate for high-reward agriculture, according to Jernigan’s.
Paino, a native San Franciscan who grew up in Houston before moving to Davis for college, settled on the idea of marketing new, California-grown and brewed beer under the classic Ruhstaller name around 2009.
Ruhstaller was originally founded in Sacramento in 1881 by Captain Frank Ruhstaller, California’s premier pioneer brewer.
Today Ruhstaller honors the Captain’s legacy by partnering with local hop and barley farmers to grow the finest ingredients for its California Grown beers. Year-round selections include Gilt Edge California Golden Lager, 1881 California Red Ale and CAPT California Black IPA.
Ruhstaller Farms was recently named as one of the ’10 Great American Farmhouse Breweries’ by Bon Appétit Magazine.
Paino works closely with the University of California, Davis Professional Brewer’s Certificate Program.
Sean Cox, proprietor and manager of Jernigan’s, is a partner in Ambrosia Hop Yards.
The talk and lunch is set for 10 a.m. March 28 at Jernigan’s. The cost is $20, pre-registration is required. For more information, call 530-265-6999.