Founded in 2001, Foothill Hops has been providing hops to home brewers and small breweries for many years. When home brewers came looking for grains and equipment, we decided to open a home brewing shop. Our gift shop has evolved into a specialty foods store with a focus on local products. We are especially proud of our expanding line of specialty food products. We are also working on a new dream of having our own mini-nano brewery*. Watch that evolve over the next several months.
In 2010, Empire Brewing Company began using our Cascade hops in the Empire State Pale Ale, the first all NYS Hops beer on tap year round. When Good Nature
Brewing Company started using our hops in their signature beers in 2012, we were
happy to see that our longstanding goal of NYS labeled beers and farm breweries
was finally underway.
NOTE: As the result of communication with an Illinois brewery that has asserted that our use of Bitter End is an infringement of their trademark, our business going forward will be simply called Foothill Hops (farm and brewery).
* Official Credo of American Entrepreneurs Association 1981
We signed this credo over 35 years ago with respect to our family electrical business. It echoes the guidance of our fathers and grandfathers and truly represents the life we have tried to live, the challenges of rebuilding an industry, and the lessons we have tried to instill in our daughters. Thought we'd share...
"I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon -- if I can.
I seek opportunity -- not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.
I want to take a calculated risk, to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.
I refuse to barter incentive for a dole; I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of Utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, to enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say: This, with God's help, I have done.
All this is what it means to be an Entrepreneur." (And a Hop Grower!)