Highland Hop Yard’s History
Co-founders, Steve Ormsby and Will Dempster have known each other their entire lives. Growing up in Meaford, ON., the two developed an affinity for their small community and an appreciation for local collaboration. After spending the better part of a decade living and working abroad, Will & Steve reconnected in 2013 with the ambition of creating a project that would return them to their routes and positively impact their childhood community.
Enter Highland Hop Yard (HHY). Built on nineteen acres of pristine farmland that has been in the Ormsby family for six generations, HHY was incorporated in 2015 and a four-acre trellis system was established. With the local craft beer market booming, the team noticed that most brewers were choosing imported hops due to a lack of Ontario product. In the spring of 2016 a total of 3000 Cascade, Chinook and Centennial field grade plants will take root. It is Steve and Will’s hope that these plants, along with their future expansions, will contribute to some of Ontario’s finest brews for people across the province to enjoy!