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Old 04-09-2011, 03:26 AM
 
Location: Sacramento, Placerville
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Some useless local historical information:

While browsing videos of old commercials I came across one for Genesse Beer. In the commercial it mentioned "hop blossoms from the Sacramento Valley.

I know we have a good climate for growing hops, but I never heard much about them as a commercial crop. My grandparents mentioned the family, and other Russian immigrants picking hops in Napa County when they were growing up. They never mentioned anything about hops in Sacramento even though they had jobs picking peaches, plums and several other things around Sacramento. I have seen the odd vine along some of our rivers from time to time and that is where they came from.

So, I looked hops in Sacramento. It turns out the Sacramento Valley was the first place on the West Coast where hops were grown, and they were grown all over the Sacramento Valley. Hops like long warm summers and plenty of water and we have plenty of both here.



YouTube - Genesee Beer Commercial from the 50's

California's magazine: Growing Hop in California - Google Books
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Old 04-09-2011, 03:45 AM
 
Location: Sacramento, Placerville
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3rd August 1913 (http://www.onthisdeity.com/3rd-august-1913-the-wheatland-hop-riot/ - broken link)
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:48 AM
 
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LMAO that commercial would never fly in todays world.

Nice find.

My Grandmother's family on my fathers side were laborers who worked the Hop harvest in many valley locations back in the 1930's and 1940's. Amongst other crops throughout the year.
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Old 04-09-2011, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, Placerville
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LMAO that commercial would never fly in todays world.
Yeah, that Chinese guy called the white guy crazy. Can you believe it?

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My Grandmother's family on my fathers side were laborers who worked the Hop harvest in many valley locations back in the 1930's and 1940's. Amongst other crops throughout the year.
John Steinbeck called them the Harvest Gypsies. Foreigners for cheap labor.

Not much has changed over the years.

1913 Wheatland Hop Riot - Sacramento News & Review
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Old 04-09-2011, 02:22 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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Hemlock-laden water?
You clazy!
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Old 04-10-2011, 12:00 PM
 
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Sacramento's nearby farmlands were a major hop growing region; at first hops were imported to the early breweries like the City Brewery at 28th and M Street (where "Biba's" is now.) Sacramento itself was home to several canneries, but the biggest was the Buffalo Brewery, located where the Sacramento Bee's office now stands at 21st and R Street:

Sacramento Brew in Review | Midtown Monthly

Buffalo represented the consolidated businesses of several German families involved in the local brewing industries, primarily the Grau, Ruhstaller and Heilbron families, each of whom had their own brewery before Buffalo was built.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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There's an old hop drying building on highway 16 in Sloughhouse. I remember seeing hops planted there in the '70's and I think Huell Howser did a show about the operation in the past.
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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There's an old hop drying building on highway 16 in Sloughhouse. I remember seeing hops planted there in the '70's and I think Huell Howser did a show about the operation in the past.
That was a good show he did. It was Amazing!
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