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Hop school 2016 hat logo


Hop School is back in Session!

YES, we are still running Hop School

[ even though the Farm Taproom is closed…stay tuned for our next chapter! ]

Join us to learn about Ruhstaller’s history, the history of hop cultivation, how we grow beer, and to have a hand in helping us grow hops.

Hop School 2016 classes will occur on 12 Saturdays at 7am, featuring 6 stages. Each stage occurs on back to back Saturdays.

To gain a full experience on the farm, we recommend taking one class in the first 3-4 stages, and then returning for harvest.

Tuition: $30 per class

Includes: 1 beer, 1 hop school hat, and a $10 donation to the Center for Land Based Learning

Location: Ruhstaller Farm & Yard8949 Olmo Lane Dixon, CA 95620 (off the I-80 at exit 69, Kidwell Road)

Time: 7am – noon


Hop School Schedule (held on Saturdays):

Stage 1 – Pruning – April 2nd & April 9th

Stage 2 – Stringing – April 30th & May 7th

Stage 3 – Training – May 28th & June 4th

Stage 4 – Training – June 25th & July 2nd

Stage 5 – Pre-Harvest – July 30th & August 6th

Stage 6 – Harvest – August 27 & September 3rd


Class Notes:

– Tuition is non-refundable

– Classes are limited to 20 students, so register early!

– The hands-on portion of class will include working on the Ruhstaller Hop Yard. We highly recommend you wear a wide-brimmed hat, a light-weight long-sleeved shirt, long pants, work-boots and gloves. Bring plenty of water and extra sunscreen. The field can be muddy, the hoppies are scratchy and the sun gets strong.

– Children are welcome to attend class with a parent or guardian. But please keep in mind that many activities and tools are not suitable for young children.

– Class is for humans only, no pups, please.