This project was created in early 2016 when the Stanton Heights Community contacted HOLP to place hops in a way to cover up an unsightly retaining wall along Stanton Avenue. The community had just received the City of Pittsburgh’s Love Your Block grant and was looking for a unique way to to beautify the gateway into their neighborhood. In the spring of 2016, HOLP along with many volunteers from the community, planted 75 hop rhizomes, 3 varieties (Centennial, Cascade, & Chinook), along the retaining wall located along the 4200 block of Stanon Avenue.
At the end of the growing season, these hops were harvested and used to fresh hop a beer brewed by Steve Sloan at Roundabout Brewery. The result was Stanton Hops, a truly local beer, brewed to benefit the community. To celebrate Stanton Hops, a release party was held at the brewery with music provided by the Armadillos and food provided by Driftwood Oven. This event was such a huge success that the beer only lasted two hours! Proceeds of this beer benefited the Stanton Heights Community directly.
For the 2017 we plan to build on the first season’s success. We are excited to be partnering with Decco Resources this year to bring a sustainable irrigation system to the wall. This will allow us to water the hops more efficiently which should result in a larger yield.
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