Hopstories: Agrarian Ales
Spend one day at Agrarian Ales and you’ll realize, it’s all about family. Beer’s a priority too. Don’t get me wrong, these guys know how to brew. Their hard to categorize but flavor packed rotating lineup of seasonal ales is garnering attention from craft beer lovers far and wide. But when you get down to it, family is the driving force for brothers Ben and Nate Tilley.
Located just north of Eugene, the 20 acre family farm supplies 100% of Agrarian’s organic hops as well as many of the other elements that make their beers so unique. “We feel that growing our ingredients really connects us directly to the whole process of brewing,” Nate explains. “From the ground up, we’re creating beer.”
At Agrarian ales, it’s about the land, the ingredients, the community, the beer. But most of all, it’s about family. I think perhaps Tobias summed it up best. “Yes its production, yes it’s a farm, but it can also be the place where people can come and gather and drink and have fun in the sun.” And in the end, isn’t that what family is all about?
Editor’s note: Hopstories tell the stories behind Oregon’s breweries. Find more stories or nominate a local brewery at Hopstories.com.
About the Author: Adam Gaylord
Adam is a graduate student studying wildlife at Oregon State University. When he’s not chasing critters or buried in data, he’s usually writing a short story, drawing a comic, or drinking beer. To see what he’s up to, check out his blog at adamsapple2day.blogspot.com.
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