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Twin Bays Hop Farms

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TWIN BAYS HOP FARMS

The first hydroponic hop farm in the southeastern US promising to end an unprecedented hops shortage in an underserved agricultural category.

hy·dro·pon·ics 
/ˌhīdrəˈpäniks/ 
noun 
noun:  hydroponics 

The process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, with added nutrients but without soil.

hop 
/häp/ 
noun 
plural noun:  hops                          

A twining climbing plant native to north temperate regions, cultivated for the conelike flowers borne by the female plant, which are used in brewing beer.

Background on today's hops market

Craft Beer

Currently a $26B industry, craft beer continues to gain market share in the overall $111.4B beer economy.

Hops

One of only 4 beer ingredients, hops are in short supply and demand is increasing.

Twin Bays Hop Farms

The first hydroponic hop farm in the southeast United States is bringing sustainable, organic, grown-to-order, fresh (wet) hops with harvests 4x's faster than conventional farming.

Bonus

As an agricultural perk, Florida's new hydroponic hop farms provide struggling Florida farmers with an opportunity to trade devastated orange fields for lucrative commercial hop crop.

Facts you need to know about why investing in hops is important

  • Beer is the #1 most popular and most consumed alcoholic beverage in the world.

  • Hops are one of only 4 ingredients in beer and our growing climate is warm and temperate, limiting geographical placement for optimal hop growth.

  • U.S. hops are typically grown in the Pacific Northwest, are harvested once per year, and are pelletized to prolong shelf life. Resulting in a product that are oxidized, browned and sacrifice critical flavor and aroma profiles.

  • Brewers need to source hops (as they aren't locally or regionally available,) many times importing from unpredictable providers.

  • Hydroponic growing ensures that our crop is provided with optimum nutrient targets and day length. Thus, enabling us to deliver the healthiest and most robust final product to local breweries.
     
  • Twin Bays Hop Farms provides local breweries fresh hops every ninety (90) days.

  • The Twin Bays project provides breweries the ability to choose their own varietals, and watch them grow through an onsite viewing window.   
  • Provides the brewery the ability to choose the varietal they want, and watch it grow through an onsite viewing window.

  • Hops is an unusually lucrative crop commanding $25/lb.

  • Current greenhouse structure can produce 11,000 lbs of fresh hops every three months.

  • In initial planning, Twin Bays Hop Farms took pre-orders valued at $72,000.

  • 135 days after funding, our first batch of Fresh Florida Hops will be in the hands of local breweries.

  • Twin Bays wants to change how craft beer fans consume and enjoy beer. We do this by revolutionizing hop farming to help in sustaining the ever-growing craft beer community and alleviate the dire demand for Fresh Florida Hops.

  • Many craft breweries are local to Twin Bays Hop Farms and represent an immediate market of eager brewers, ready for fresh, locally grown and sustainable Florida Hops.

The growth of craft beer industry means hops shortage.

Craft Brewing Grows and Hops Supply Tightens

In mid-twentieth century, beer was hijacked and monopolized by big corporate breweries. In 1979 the number of craft brewers was 8. Now they number over 6,000.

"Craft beer accounts for 25% of the US beer market share."

With explosive growth in craft beer, the industry has encountered a shortage of ingredients in the form of hops. 

A large market of craft brewers local to Twin Bays Hop Farms exist as immediate market of eager brewers, ready for fresh, local hops.

Brewers today are forced to use dried hops in pellet form, usually waiting 12-15 months to receive their hops.

The "craftier" the beer, the more important the hops

Craft beer uses a higher hops volume than commercial beer.

The growing craft brew industry is desperately in need of a hops supply. 

Foreign owned, big industry beer accounts for 90% of the US beer landscape. These commercial breweries have purchasing power to corner the hops market, making it increasingly difficult for small craft brewers to secure required ingredients needed to make beer.

Why Florida is a Strong Potential Market

As most U.S. grown hops are sourced from the pacific northwest, Florida is possibly the farthest distance from fresh hops, which results in logistical challenges for craft breweries in the southeast. Brewers today are forced to use dried hops in pellet form in most cases, waiting 12-15 months to receive their hops. The craft beer industry is stunningly underserved on a primary ingredient needed in every single pint of beer.

Local breweries, dying to buy fresh hops, choose their own varieties and get an open "window" to control their own agriculture.

  • Florida has a strong craft beer culture amongst residents and visitors.
      
  • Struggling Florida farmers are eager for a profitable and sustainable agriculture opportunity.
      
  • Florida has inexpensive, unused agricultural acreage.
        
  • Geographically speaking, Florida has the greatest hops supply challenge (easily solved with hydroponics.)

Why Invest in Twin Bays Hop Farms?

After water and tea, beer is the most consumed beverage in the world. With no shortage of beer-lovers in sight, beer crafted with local, cultural, and sustainable ingredients, is a growing industry. Revolutionizing the farming and distribution of the main ingredients in craft beer alleviates a shortage and excites breweries who are steadily stealing market share from the mass-producers.

  • Twin Bays is ready to produce with all agricultural necessities in place, including real estate and greenhouse structures.

  • Twin Bays has mastered the turn-key hydroponic system.

  • The executive and technical agriculture team at Twin Bays is in position and ready to farm.

Uniquely positioned to serve a thriving craft beer industry.

  • Twin Bays is the first and only hydroponics hops farm in the southeast United States Promising to end the hops shortage

  • Twin Bays Hop Farms is licensed in St. Petersburg, Pinellas, FL.

  • All agricultural necessities in place, including real estate and greenhouse structure.

  • With proper funding, ready to start immediately with turn key hydroponic system.

  • The executive and technical agriculture team is in position.

Why our timing is important.

Hops Shortage

The Craft Beer industry is growing, but the supply of key ingredients is shrinking. Demand for hops is high and the industry seeks access to fresh, local hops. Since most hops are sourced from the pacific northwest U.S. or other countries, access to good hops remains tough for breweries in Florida and the Southeast U.S. Brewers literally must order or predict what will be available for order more than a year in advance. If a varietal is used in a very popular selling formulation, brewers worry whether they will be able to source the varietal again in the future.

Florida's need for Sustainable Agriculture

Since Citrus Greening decimated 90% the Florida Orange Groves, Florida's need for a high demand and sustainable agricultural path has never been greater. Hydroponic hop farming is scalable and lucrative. Fresh hops commands up to $25 per pound (compared to oranges at $2 per pound.)

Craft Beer is a Growing Segment

The craft beer industry has grown exponentially and currently accounts for 25% of beer revenue in the United States. Interest in craft beer continues to remain high and small breweries are taking more market share each year. Craft beer earned $23.5 billion in 2016 and is expected to double its market share by 2019.

"I think it's very important to drink local beer because you're not only supporting your community, you're also supporting the growth of an American industry."

Twin Bays Hop Farms Team

Brenden Markopoulos

Master Grower

A native of Pinellas County, Florida, Brenden comes from a family of entrepreneurs, whose accomplishments in the hotel and restaurant industries are well known through the bay area. After completing high school, Brenden chose to begin his career by serving in the United States Military, working primarily in Military Intelligence.

After completing his time in the Armed Forces, Brenden wanted to apply his strong leadership training and skills in both marketing and success coaching to the private sector. Since leaving the Military, Brenden has held employment with several successful Fortune 500 companies, where he was responsible for general brand growth, PR & Marketing outreach programs.

Brenden has since combined his love for local, fresh and sustainable craft beer into his desire to be the first to grow Hydroponic Hops in the State of Florida. Over the course of the past (3) years, Brenden has studied, implemented and planned his first recirculating Hydroponic Hop growth while working with various state research programs, government agencies and local horticulturalists.

Lori Daugherty

CEO

With 25+ years experience, Lori is a proven senior executive/CEO revered in the medical industry for enterprise strategies to improve financial performance, drive customer penetration with revenue growth 30%+, and increase bottom line growth (more than 25% in just 6 months.) 

Lori's operational, financial, and strategic genius has benefited more than a dozen organizations for whom she has served in an executive or Board position. 

With a very successful history of overhauling, streamlining, restructuring, merging, acquiring, and navigating private equity for organizations at the $450 M revenue-size, Lori has agreed to captain Twin Bays' venture. She recognizes the tremendous business and humanitarian opportunity in the Florida beer market. 

Kent Rodahaver

Business Manager

Kent is a passionate business leader and an enthusiastic member of our team. He a state Certified Building Contractor, is the CEO of a St Petersburg based development firm, and is a licensed residential and commercial real estate professional who sits on several professional advisory boards and is a Member and Ambassador of the St Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.

Kent currently holds multiple Federal EPA certifications, studied at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and was awarded The UF/IFAS Agricultural Best Management Practices certificate, studied Criminology at the University of South Florida as well as Business Management and Marketing at the University of Phoenix. 

He is a past member of Florida Nursery Growers and Landscaping Association, and is a certified educator for the Division of Environmental Management. Kent grew-up in Southwestern Pennsylvania and spent much of his youth working on farms and acquiring a deep fascination with agriculture. He is excited to share his successful business experience and knowledge while continuing to research, learn and then pioneer the latest technological and scientific advances in sustainable hydroponic and greenhouse growing.

Oscar Mouton

Agricultural Manager/Foreman

Oscar is a highly-decorated former Detective from Washington D.C. and a former United States Marine. Oscar has served three tours of duty in Afghanistan as a DOD contractor. Oscar is a specialist in communication and intelligence and was deputized with the Department of Justice. His awards include merits of service, letters of commendation and more. 

In addition, Oscar Mouton is a local horticultural enthusiast. His expertise includes, crop production systems management with a focus on IPM management, cover crops, crop rotations, equipment modification and use, and facilities design.

Hops may be the answer to the Florida Citrus Greening Crisis

Florida Agriculture Comeback

Citrus Greening becomes a thing of the past

Florida Farmers have an opportunity to fill empty fields with sustainable commercial hop crop.

  • Efficient alternative to conventional growing
  • Accelerated Growth Cycles
  • Highly controlled and sustainable
  • Fool-proof method to capture hops market
  • Cash crop yields available every 90 days

Most hops are grown in moist, temperate regions to the north. However, with the ability to operate a hydroponic greenhouse where all conditions can be carefully and precisely controlled by the grower, climate is no longer a barrier to entry to grow hops in Florida.

Like technology, gardening is evolving. For a variety of reasons (e.g., space, weather or climate) growers are migrating to hydroponics. Hydroponic gardening eliminates the headaches of: weeding, soil borne diseases, fertilization, pesticides, cultivation labor, soil texture, and tilling.

Products and Product Development

Unique Access Empowers Breweries

Twin Bays Hop Farms invites brewers to choose their own fresh hops.

  • Breweries can select which hops to grow and when

  • Varietals for variety: Up to 75 different hops available

  • Brewers can properly time fresh hops selections to coordinate with their brew schedules

  • Ninety-day harvests = More fresh hops, more often

  • Precise control of growth process maximizes potential yield and alpha acidity = high quality product

  • Modernized supply infrastructure that's designed to support the specific needs of craft breweries

Brewers are excited and already placing orders
for their own fresh hops

Brew with Confidence!

Twin Bays is one of the only hydroponic hops farms in the United States offering breweries the ability to brew with the highest quality sustainable hop products on the market. Through hydroponic hops farming, TBHF is able to produce maximum product yields and the highest numbers of alpha acids in each varietal.  

By using Twin Bays Hop Farms product, which is locally grown, Brewer's product is now "Fresh From Florida".

"I'm really excited about the concept of using fresh hops. This is an opportunity we haven't had as brewers in Florida. it's something we could really use in the state."

- Micheil McElvey Head Brewer - Mastry's Brewing Co.

Beer Industry Information

Craft Brewer Definition

"An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional."

SMALL

Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships.

INDEPENDENT

Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by a beverage alcohol industry member which is not itself a craft brewer.

TRADITIONAL

A brewer which has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavors derive from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored Malt Beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.

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According the Brewers Association For Small and Independent Craft Brewers

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Ralph Ehrman
Ralph Ehrman - Investora week ago
I like your pitch. How did you come up with your valuation for Twin Bays Hop Farms.

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