August 8-10: At the end of his workday, Jon drove me to Corvallis, Oregon to attend the MBAA (Master Brewers Association of the Americas) International Symposium on Hop Flavor and Aroma.
Of course I had to open this post with an impressive hop photo (above). Our symposium visit on Saturday to the Goschie hop farm allowed me to take this picture of long, ripe hop cones backlit by bright late-afternoon sunlight. This year represents the 103rd year of harvesting hops at the Goschie farm in Silverton, Oregon.
After receiving our name tags from registration, Jon and I connected with some of our brewing friends at the Welcome Reception at the LaSalle Center on the Oregon State University campus. Photo above, L to R: Garrett Oliver, Teri, John Harris, Alan Sprints, and Darren Gamache, a hop grower from Gamache Farms. He may be the first hop farmer I've actually met, which is very cool.
The presentations of the conference were held in a large university lecture hall with tiered stadium-style seating. An experience typical of the conference is shown in the photo at right.