“We’re A Farm, Not A Factory”
In 2012, renowned Sacramento grocer Darrell Corti presented J-E with a challenge: earn the title of ‘Sacramento’s Beer’ by using local hops. In spring 2013 the Ruhstaller Farm & Yard was founded as a response to this challenge and as a way to prove that hops not only grow well in Sacramento, but also meet our stringent standards for high quality California Grown ingredients. Much like a winery set amidst vineyards, the Ruhstaller Farm & Yard offers craft beer enthusiasts a unique opportunity to experience Ruhstaller’s California Grown beer at the source and to learn about the Sacramento region’s historic legacy as a preeminent hop-growing region. The Farm & Yard has two components: a 1 acre farm that includes a hop demonstration area and outdoor event space, and a 7.5 acre working hop yard.
Size: 1 acre
Includes: Hop demonstration area, hop kiln & event space
The Farm is our education and events space. Over 20 varieties of hops grow on a range of trellis styles that showcase the designs that hop farmers have used throughout history. This demonstration area doubles as a hop trials program, wherein hop varieties are evaluated for their performance at our site. Among the best-performers for 2013 were Cascade and Nugget. Centennial is also looking great, though it’s too early to tell for sure. Willamette and Pearl did not fare quite as well in our hot, arid summer. Our open-air event space at The Farm can accommodate upwards of 100 people and hosts events for Ruhstaller and partner organizations. The beauty of California’s Great Central Valley is on display at every event as guests are treated to spectacular sunsets over the Vaca Mountains to the west..
Size: 7.5 acres
Varieties: Cascade, Nugget & Centenntial
The Yard is where We Grow Beer. We farm for quality California ingredients, and to honor the Sacramento region’s legacy as a prominent hop growing region. The Yard is currently planted with 1 acre of Cascade, Centennial and Nugget. With the help of dedicated fans we picked the inaugural harvest – the ‘First Leaf’ – at the Yard in August 2013. Weighing in at over 200 pounds, this ‘bumper crop’ of Sacramento hops far surpassed expectations for our first year both in quantity and quality. The Cascade hops from this historic first harvest went directly into the brew kettle for Hop Sac First Leaf 2013, a very special version of our Hop Sac California Wet Hop Ale. The Nugget hops made their debut in our Nugget Ale, released in April 2014.
The Ruhstaller Farm Taproom is now Closed.
Stay tuned for our Next Chapter…
The Ruhstaller Farm & Yard is located at 8949 Olmo Lane Dixon, CA 95620
Exit 69 off I-80 (Kidwell Rd) just west of Davis