6th Meridian Hop Farm

6th Meridian Hop Farm

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New years Brew Day wrapping up! Dark Belgian Stout using our 2021Dakota Challenger (19% Alpha!) as the only hop. Fun day with 120 minute boil. #wefarmyoudrink #dakotachallenger #happynewyear #newyearsbrewday
Yankton's growing craft beer!
Fresh hopped 6 Sticky Fingers ale ready tomorrow! Tune in to SDPB at noon for a bit on the harvest of these hops for this ale!
Nebraska Top Hop is coming back this year!
It's an exciting day and what a start to our 2021 hop harvest!
#sunset #nofilter #wefarmyoudrink
#sunset #nofilter #wefarmyoudrink
We're looking for a few good people this week to get these girls off to the races!
Putting the new hop yard boots from Boston Shoes to Boots to work this morning scouting & training. #southdakotahops #nebraskahopgrowers #wefarmyoudrink #visityankton #dakotachallengerhops #cashmerehops
We had great plans when we built this stage, sadly it will never see its potential. Our outdoor venue on the farm cannot feasibly continue due to the developments and situations created by Yankton County. We will sadly deconstruct over this summer and focus our energies on more positive places and ventures.
We will continue our commitment to grow quality local hops and we thank our supporters these past couple of years.
Happy Easter! Hops are coming up and our new birdhouses are getting ready to be set out! #birdhousegourd #southdakotahops #SwingedCat #southdakotalife #visityankton

6th Meridian Hop Farm near the Lewis and Clark Lake west of Yankton, SD with 5 acres and 12 varieties of hops. Open seasonally with family friendly, local music, food and drinks.

We are a true modern pioneer family. In 2014 we uprooted from our comfortable Omaha suburb to a corn field and a trailer. We constructed a barn and fashioned a livings space and moved in over our first winter. To say the least, it was tight, interesting, and sometimes a little cold. We put poles in the ground, aquired some rhizomes and embarked on our dream of coming home to the rural city and a f

Operating as usual

Photos from 6th Meridian Hop Farm's post 01/02/2022

New years Brew Day wrapping up! Dark Belgian Stout using our 2021Dakota Challenger (19% Alpha!) as the only hop. Fun day with 120 minute boil. #wefarmyoudrink #dakotachallenger #happynewyear #newyearsbrewday

Yankton Entrepreneur Discusses Craft Beer Journey and Recent Brewery Expansion 09/10/2021

Yankton Entrepreneur Discusses Craft Beer Journey and Recent Brewery Expansion

Yankton's growing craft beer!

Yankton Entrepreneur Discusses Craft Beer Journey and Recent Brewery Expansion When Ben Hanten opened Ben’s Brewing Co. in 2005, there was not much demand from residents for craft beers or even knowledge regarding them.“I wanted to make craft beer interesting and create a culture around it,” he said. “Today, there is definitely a demand for and knowledge of craft beer ...

08/31/2021

Fresh hopped 6 Sticky Fingers ale ready tomorrow! Tune in to SDPB at noon for a bit on the harvest of these hops for this ale!

A new beer drops tomorrow! In collaboration with our friends out at 6th Meridian Hop Farm, we’ve created a hazy pale ale that was wet hopped with their beautiful Comet hops! The hops we’re harvested by the brewery staff and into the whirlpool of this pale ale within about 3 hours. 6 Sticky Fingers, named after 6th Meridian and the sticky hands you get from rubbing fresh hops, clocks in at a sessionable 5.3% alcohol by volume. It’s loaded with delicate aromas of apricot, tropical fruit, and a hint of green grassy notes. It’s creamy body holds up flavors of vibrant apricot and stone fruit while staying crushable and easy to drink. Stop in and try this one out while it’s at peak freshness! #hops #hoppybeer #behoppy #harvest #paleale #beer #brewery #craftbeer #yanktonsd #southdakota #sodakbeer #newrelease

Photos from Nebraska Hop Growers Association's post 08/25/2021

Nebraska Top Hop is coming back this year!

08/24/2021

It's an exciting day and what a start to our 2021 hop harvest!

A passion project we’ve been wanting to do for a LONG time is finally in the works today! Any guesses on what that could be? We’re excited to give you more info soon! #craftbeer #beer #brewery #hops #hopharvest #wethop #hoppy #behoppy #yanktonsd #southdakota #grownhere

06/30/2021

#sunset #nofilter #wefarmyoudrink

#sunset #nofilter #wefarmyoudrink

06/30/2021

#sunset #nofilter #wefarmyoudrink

#sunset #nofilter #wefarmyoudrink

05/23/2021

We're looking for a few good people this week to get these girls off to the races!

We're looking for a few good people this week to get these girls off to the races!

Photos from 6th Meridian Hop Farm's post 05/21/2021

Putting the new hop yard boots from Boston Shoes to Boots to work this morning scouting & training. #southdakotahops #nebraskahopgrowers #wefarmyoudrink #visityankton #dakotachallengerhops #cashmerehops

04/26/2021

We had great plans when we built this stage, sadly it will never see its potential. Our outdoor venue on the farm cannot feasibly continue due to the developments and situations created by Yankton County. We will sadly deconstruct over this summer and focus our energies on more positive places and ventures.
We will continue our commitment to grow quality local hops and we thank our supporters these past couple of years.

We had great plans when we built this stage, sadly it will never see its potential. Our outdoor venue on the farm cannot feasibly continue due to the developments and situations created by Yankton County. We will sadly deconstruct over this summer and focus our energies on more positive places and ventures.
We will continue our commitment to grow quality local hops and we thank our supporters these past couple of years.

Photos from 6th Meridian Hop Farm's post 04/04/2021

Happy Easter! Hops are coming up and our new birdhouses are getting ready to be set out! #birdhousegourd #southdakotahops #SwingedCat #southdakotalife #visityankton

Photos from Jefferson Beer Supply's post 03/08/2021

Photos from Jefferson Beer Supply's post

03/06/2021

Yesterday was amazing, our meal runner should be recovered by next Friday. We have 2 more weekends of our 5&2 Fish Fry Fundraiser for Sacred Heart School Yankton.

Order today for another great meal!

www.counterfeitcatering.com/5and2

#realfoodfromcounterfeit #farmhousefridge #freshfood #visityankton

03/05/2021

Who's ready for winter to fade? #swingedcatalimentandalefest #southdakotalife #visityankton #hifromsd #sunset

Who's ready for winter to fade? #swingedcatalimentandalefest #southdakotalife #visityankton #hifromsd #sunset

03/02/2021

This is going to be a really special brew!

Ben’s Brewing Co. will be hosting our first Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day this Saturday, March 6th! Women from Ben’s and other breweries across the state will come together and be creating a delicious, tropical hibiscus IPA. It will be loaded with hops and we can’t wait to share it with you!

The Pink Boots Society (PBS) was created to assist, inspire and encourage women in the fermented/alcoholic beverage industry to advance their careers through education.

A portion of proceeds will be donated to the South Dakota PBS chapter. Funds raised from the beer brewed on the Collaboration Brew Day goes to support education through scholarships for our members.

Stay tuned for more details!

03/01/2021

Craft Beer Cod Fish fry benefit for Sacred Heart Schools. Pickup at Sacred Heart Elementary this Friday. Preorder today!

F I S H F R Y ! ! !
We have our first 5 & 2 Friday fish fry coming up fast! 2 Craft Beer Battered Cod filets, our amazing Monterey Mac&Cheese, a house made coleslaw and 2 buns.

Pick up at Sacred Heart Elementary and $2 of every meal goes directly to Sacred Heart School Yankton!

All preorders for this Friday (3/5) need to be in Monday so visit our site and order now!
www.counterfeitcatering.com/5and2

03/01/2021

Bonding over a beer. #farmlife #farmtokeg #southdakotahops #nebraskahopgrowers #beer #homebrew #hoppylife

Bonding over a beer. #farmlife #farmtokeg #southdakotahops #nebraskahopgrowers #beer #homebrew #hoppylife

02/12/2021

"Thanks for the love!" ~The Comet Hop Girls

NEW BEER ALERT: COMET IPA

If grapefruit and apricot had a baby with some pine tree DNA spliced in, the result would be the Comet IPA. Hops from Yankton, SD give this amazeballs IPA strong notes of citrus with some traditional pine backbone. This is our favorite beer we've brewed in months. We can't wait to get our hands on more of 6th Meridian's hops come next year!
http://www.johnniebyrd.beer/whats-on-tap.html

02/03/2021

Keep Craft. Build our small communities and culture.

CALL TO ACTION: All Craft Beer Supporters

Please reach out to your district representatives to support our industry on HB1123.

RE: HB1123 South Dakota Microbrewery Assistance Needed

South Dakota's craft microbreweries are requesting your support in responsibly offering customers additional ways to purchase and receive craft beer in the state to ease the impact of COVID-19, help save jobs and assist the state's microbreweries by allowing delivery of beer-to-go from their taprooms.

While many of the state's microbreweries have pivoted to offering online ordering with curbside pickup, the end to patio season and a rise in COVID-19 case numbers in late 2020 have made it increasingly difficult to drive traffic to taprooms. Customers have shifted to purchasing craft beer from supermarkets and liquor stores where they have greater variety in a single location. Unfortunately, the majority of microbreweries in the state do not can or bottle their beer for distribution outside their taprooms due to drastically lower margins, economies of scale and the sizable investment in packaging equipment.

This dramatic drop in revenue has resulted in furloughed staff or greatly reduced hours and increased risk to ongoing business operations for both metro and rural breweries. Nearly all of the states surrounding South Dakota have provided microbreweries the ability to deliver beer-to-go. HB1123 enables microbreweries the ability to accept online orders and responsibly deliver their beer-to-go to persons over the age of 21 in the state while saving jobs and our state's craft beer.

We request your support of this legislation with immediate effect to reduce the burden the pandemic has brought on South Dakota's craft breweries.

Your consideration is greatly appreciated,

Team Buffalo Ridge Brewing

01/01/2021

Happy New Year! We are heading into 2021 with another farm pilot brew in the fermenter with the help of @ted_and_alice_miller_ #wefarmyoudrink #happynewyear2021 #southdakotahops #SwingedCat #visityankton #hifromsd #localhops #homebrew

12/07/2020

Ghosts of hop harvests past are layered on our young hops. Of course with the new kitchen facilities here on the farm, our composters are now getting a bounty of kitchen scraps added to hop debris. #6thmeridianhops #wefarmyoudrink #Organic #composting #farmtokeg #SwingedCat #southdakotahops #nebraskahopgrowers

11/29/2020

South Dakota Growers working together to bring Midwest flavor to the world!

Hop farming is a labor of love. It takes dedication and commitment. Here are the current members of South Dakota Hop Growers (plus A&A Hops and Hotrods, Canton SD). Watch for a profile about each farm in the near future. Star Sister Organic Hops Farm; Herds To Hops; Hoppy Trails Hop Farm; 6th Meridian Hop Farm; A Homestead Brew

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Happy Thanksgiving to all our fans!
This week we're sadly hunkered down without our extended family like many of you. But we are thankful to all be healthy and getting ready for 2021. We're especially grateful to our BSA Breweries and we encourage everyone to include them in your weekend plans and #smallbrewerysunday shopping!
Backspace Brewing Co. here in Yankton will be open and serving to go beer tomorrow! We'll surely swing by and grab one of the collab with Yankton brewing stalwart, BSA member, and long supporter of our farm, Ben's Brewing Co.!
Out West River swing by South Dakota's pillar of brewing Crow Peak Brewing Company! Can shortages have kept us from getting their amazing WiCCA and Mjollnir, so it looks like we will have to make a personal trip for a taste this year. Of course, we have Zymurcracy Beer Co. there in Rapid City and we can never resist their precisely brewed ales. Does Jay ever have a misfire in the brewery? I haven't seen one.
Heading south into Husker territory, Johnnie Byrd Brewing Company in Wayne, recently brewed up an incredible IPA using our Comet hops. This is an incredible brewery that really shows how a good ale bring people together and have a great positive effect on our small towns.
Finally heading even farther, back to our adopted home town of St. Louis, MO is Wellspent Brewing Company which does some very great rich fermentations and recently got a big load of our small farm hops to impart a Midwestern distinction of flavor.
Every one of these breweries have faced incredible challenges to keep serving their craft safely throughout this year and we ask that you reward their efforts by stopping by and pick up an extra crowler or two or three, or 4 -- we won't say anythin'!

#cheers #drinklocal #craftbeer #southdakotahops #nebraskahopgrowers #hoppiness #wefarmyoudrink #FarmToKeg
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11/18/2020

Jefferson Beer Supply, Brewery and Taproom

We're pretty excited at seeing our small towns grow great craft breweries. Especially when they use craft grown ingredients! Check out Jefferson Beer Supply!
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jefferson-beer-supply-brewery-and-taproom?fbclid=IwAR1_WwIkjrwjSgMtUwlGzXyZKxq7dmU2_8zsRLggpOrrvnYSTsC2w6XlpSI#/

Craft beer and sausage joint opening in small town South Dakota! | Check out 'Jefferson Beer Supply, Brewery and Taproom' on Indiegogo.

10/31/2020

Happy Halloween!

10/09/2020

Check out the fundraiser for Heartland Humane Society featuring Ben's Brewing Co. and Counterfeit Catering! Valiant makes a nice red too!

You don't want to miss the meal! Purchase an HHS party pack and celebrate the animals we serve. Each pack feeds four people and includes a gourmet appetizer tray prepared by Chef Michelle and Counterfeit Catering and your choice of either two (2) special edition Ben's Brewing crawlers OR two (2) special label Valiant Vineyards wine.

PLUS, you can use the link to purchase raffle tickets and win some cool prizes!

https://donorbox.org/givehhs

10/02/2020

Have you missed visiting the farm this summer? Well there's another chance! This October 24th is the Nebraska Hop Growers Association Top Hop Beer Festive Fundraiser. We're working with Johnnie Byrd Brewing Company for a special beer just for the event. Come out to Lucky Bucket Brewing Company in La Vista, NE to enjoy brews from great Nebraska breweries all brewing beers with NHGA produced hops! http://nehopgrowers.com/tophop2020/

09/13/2020

Hops are out so today we started on the pumpkins!

09/05/2020

Studio Clips: Meet Ted & Alice Miller

Here's Ted & Alice, we can't thank them enough for their music and good laughs and help in the yard during this off year. When these clouds are clear I hope we all can meet back here, set the stage and pour a beer.

Ted and Alice Miller are singer/songwriters from Northeast Nebraska, they write songs and create music about the life they live. They enjoy finding connection with…

08/29/2020

Welcome to hop harvest! #nebraskahopgrowers

08/29/2020

Chinook harvest is underway! #wefarmyoudrink #southdakotahops #nebraskahopgrowers #DrinkCraft #chinookhops

08/23/2020

Ahhh... Beautiful beer. Now back to work on those hops.

Just tapped! Turkey Ridge is our new beautiful pale ale. It’s hopped with Dakota Challenger, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Azacca.

08/20/2020

Chinook is getting very close! It won't be too much longer before these girls head to the Hopster. #chinookhops #southdakotalife #nebraskahopgrowers #wefarmyoudrink #hifromsd #visityankton

08/06/2020

Happy IPA Day! #ipaday #southdakotahops #nebraskahopgrowers #centennialhops #DrinkCraft #drinklocal #wefarmyoudrink

07/29/2020

South Dakota is getting a new state Pink Boots Society chapter!

South Dakota is getting a chapter of the Pink Boots Society. The Pink Boots Society was created to assist, inspire and encourage women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education. Join us Thursday upstairs at The Copper Room, or we can send you a Zoom link. 🍻

Our Story

In 2014 Michelle and Ryan uprooted their blended family from the comfortable Omaha suburban home to return to the rural Southeast South Dakota and Northeast Nebraska area where they grew up. In the span of 2 weeks they sold their house and moved all of their belongings into storage. They moved into their camper for the winter of 2014 as their barn was built on a bare 80 acre field of corn and soybeans. The winter was cold and to stretch funds as far as they could, they spent any spare time working on the pole barn.

Ryan and Michelle moved their family into the barn in the spring of 2015 and a month later started raising their first trellis. In 2016, it was the first farm in South Dakota to produce industry standard hop pellets packaged in nitrogen flushed mylar. Now in 2018 6th Meridian has over 4000 hills of hops in 5 acres of land and multiple varieties: Chinook, Centennial, Neo1, Crystal, and Dakota Challenger™. New varieties is a focus of development as well with over a dozen varieties in test or planning.

The farm strives to be an independent and self sufficient family farm much like the pioneer heritage of the Great Plains. Built from the efforts of Ryan, Michelle and their family it aims to be sustainable from using organic fertilizer and chemicals whenever possible for maximum soil health to utilizing independent funding to realize a truly financially viable business in a small rural community.

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Rev Peyton with grandpa's old guitar on the hop farm
Chinook harvest is coming soon!
The 3rd Yard is live at 6th Meridian.
Final run of Dakota Challenger™ pellets. This is an amazing local hop with 15.1% alpha, 2.6% oils. Floral, spicy with ju...
Feeding the birds while grinding last year's stalks...

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4200 Alphonse Rd
Yankton, SD
57078
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