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A beer brewed with ingredients grown entirely in Clay County? Meet the hops farmer trying to make it happen.

John D. Peterson of Mainline Hops Farm joins host Thomas Evanella to discuss the business of growing hops, the peaceful joy of operating a hobby farm, and his desire to see a beer made entirely from ingredients grown in Clay County.

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John D. Peterson and his business partner, Art Weidner, own Mainline Hops Farm, located near Sabin, Minn., and have supplied hops to a handful of small breweries in the region, including Junkyard Brewing and Revelation Ale Works.

Peterson joins host Thomas Evanella to discuss the business of growing hops, the peaceful joy of operating a hobby farm, and his desire to see a beer made entirely from ingredients grown in Clay County.

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John D. Peterson and his business partner Art Weidner grow two varieties of the viney, thirsty hop plant on an 80- by 50-foot plot tucked into the back of Peterson's family farm near Sabin.
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Thomas Evanella is a reporter for The Forum. He's worked for The Forum for over three years, primarily reporting on business news. He's also the host of the InForum Business Beat podcast, which can be streamed at InForum.com/podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Reach him at tevanella@forumcomm.com or by calling 701-241-5518. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEvanella.
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