Hops Conference

2018 South Atlantic Hops Conference
“Hops University”

Held at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
901 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Update 2/28/18: REGISTRATION FOR THE 2018 SOUTH ATLANTIC HOPS CONFERENCE IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who registered!


If you’ve already registered,  thank you! You’ll receive an email with more details  no later than Saturday, February 17th. Didn’t get the email or registered after Feb. 17?  View it here.

THANK YOU to our awesome sponsors and vendors!  Also still accepting Vendor and Sponsorship requests. Our Event page on Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/HopsVT/

Welcome to the portal for the third annual South Atlantic Hops Conference – a joint effort/collaboration between North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia State University, and the Old Dominion Hops Cooperative. 

We have a great group of  volunteers dedicated to making the South Atlantic Hops Cooperative happen – Extension educators, hop growers, researchers, brewers, and more.  A huge thank you to Dr. Jeanine Davis for heading up the two previous conferences.  We’re very excited to host this wonderful event here in Blacksburg and will play to our strengths in this [slightly remote but lovely]  university setting. This year’s format is a little different: no bus tours, or individual day registrations. One flat registration fee covers two full days of education and networking opportunities for our region’s hop growers and brewers.

We are going to cover a lot of ground in those two days. Includes two lunches, three food/beverage breaks, access to vendors, interactive learning stations, and our new networking reception, all held in a first-class facility.  Definitely worth the effort to get here! Brewers: don’t miss this chance to “think outside the pellet” – expand your knowledge of locally-grown hops and network with our regional growers.  All this for $220. What a deal!!! Read/scroll on down for registration link.

Click here for Detailed Schedule (PDF) – updated February 28, 2018

See menu at right for more information on accommodations, sponsorship and vendor opportunities,  travel to Blacksburg,  and more.

FRIDAY March 2, 2018

Morning: Friday morning tracks start bright and early at 8:00 a.m. Attendee check-in will open at 7:00 a.m.
Friday is also Vendor Day – meet one-on-one with vendors who provide products and services that growers need to succeed!

Select a  morning track:
1)Beginner (and curious) grower trackThe Year in Hops – gets you up to speed on the basics of hop production.  This is a must for those who are new to hops, just thinking about it, or haven’t attended one of our conferences previously. From building a trellis to growing and harvest, this track paves the way for a better understanding of afternoon keynote panels and presentations. Also ideal for brewers who’d like a better understanding of hops production in our region.
2) Experienced grower track – a parallel track serves up a variety of topics for those who are comfortable with the basics and/or have attended previous conferences.  From trends and initiatives to  alternative products/markets,  – we guarantee you’re going to learn something new in this rapid-fire track!
A mid-morning food and beverage break will give everyone time to visit vendors and educational exhibits.

Afternoon: Once the tracks end, we’ll convene as a group prior to a buffet lunch, and spend a terrific afternoon together with top-notch keynote presenters and panels. See schedule for details.

Friday ends with the first-ever networking reception on site – the Hoppy Hour – included with your registration.  Enjoy refreshing Virginia craft brews and snacks, plus more time to peruse vendors and educational exhibits (dinner is on your own).

SATURDAY March 3, 2018
In-depth, multi- hour sessions focus on the topics past attendees have asked for – select tracks that fit your needs. We’ll keep you nourished with a mid-morning break and another delicious lunch, then reconvene for early afternoon tracks or a tour option.

As you register, please select tracks to assist with space planning (pick one a.m. and one p.m.). We reserve the right to alter tracks that that get a low response (no worries – if that happens, you’ll have an opportunity to choose another).  There are no additional charges associated with any of the tracks, and you can log-in and change your track (if space is still available) up through February 23rd, 2018.

We’ll close out the conference with another networking opportunity along with brewery tours and tastings at Sinkland Farms Brewery, 20 minutes from Blacksburg, near I-81.

But wait, there’s more! At no additional charge:

  • Poster presentations from participating institutions and organizations  – read about the latest in research and other information from our regional partners.
  • Interactive Exhibit Room with learning stations exclusively devoted to furthering your education – view pests and pathogens in large-format prints, don a virtual reality headset for a 360-degree view of a hop yard in summer, and so much more. This…is going to be cool.
  • Open House at the  Virginia Tech Research Hop Yard Thursday afternoon (1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)  Thursday, March 1, 2018. No registration required. More information and directions will be sent to conference registrants.

ALL THIS – two solid days of education and networking, for one flat fee of

For more information, see menu at right!

We appreciate your interest in the 3rd annual South Atlantic Hops Conference.

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services Holly Scoggins, Dept. of Horticulture, Virginia Tech at ((540) 231-5783 or TDD*) during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.
*TDD number is (800) 828-1120