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Hop to it: UF professor's project leads to Florida-produced hops

Brian Pearson was in England five or six years ago, vacationing with family after finishing his Ph.D. They stopped at a small pub in London, where Pearson decided to try something different. “They had an English bitter that was just so amazingly complex and just delicious,” Pearson says.

He came home and couldn’t find the beer anywhere, so he taught himself to brew his own. Pearson learned about the importance of hops, the flowering plant that gives beer its flavor. And he learned that hops couldn’t be grown in Florida — the days were too hot, humid and full of pests and disease.  

That struck Pearson, a professor at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences whose doctorate is in environmental horticulture, as a challenge. He ordered a few plants and started growing.

ALSO IN THIS ARTICLE: Apopka Hops Pale Ale; Anthony Connelly; Karl Holz; Mark Harmon; Kim Sachse; Sam Stark; FleetZoo; Frank Attkisson; Darden Restaurants; Fields Auto Group; Surinam Airways.

 

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