Misty Bleu Farm Blog

About Misty Bleu Farm

Misty Bleu Farm is located in beautiful Washington County, New York at the head of the Black Creek ValleyMisty Bleu Farm produces hops for the R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewery.

Located on 50 acres in the heart of the Hebron Hills, Misty Bleu Farm is the home of R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewery.  The Brewery and Taproom are open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 9:00 pm.  Come experience true field to glass farm-brewed beer at our farm, nestled among green hills and stunning natural beauty.  Our farm boasts over 600 feet of frontage on the West Branch of the Black Creek, with waterfalls and rushing cascades.  Tours of the brewery and grounds are available.  The Farm and Brewery are also available to be rented out for special events.  Please visit the brewery website, www.rstaylorbrewing.com for more details and directions.

Follow our journey as we create the Most Beautiful Farm Brewery in America!

Latest Project Updates

Measuring the Brewery

Misty Bleu Farm - Monday, February 16, 2015

The deposit to Portland Kettle Works in Oregon has been sent.  Now it's just a matter of taking stock of our space and providing measurements for the 3.5bbl system.




Upstairs in the taproom:



Drilling for Water

Misty Bleu Farm - Monday, September 29, 2014

Well, apparently Clarence's dowsing rod was right.  Good news - the farm now has two wells.  Bad news - both of them feature sulphur water.  Our well came in at 480 feet and had to be hydrofracked to get 15 gallons a minute - impressive flow, from what we were told.  That's enough to run a dairy farm.  Nancy's well is overflowing as we speak - all artesian-like.  Hers came in at 460 feet and 10 gallons a minute.  The flow from her well seems to be slightly less sulfurous. 

As you can see from the photos, the water is milky right now due to the drilling.  That will subside as the water is allowed to flow out for about a week or so.  It is a messy and loud business, this well drilling thing.  That is for sure. 

Here's Clarence's well drilling rig in action:  Notice how the front wheels of the rig are off the ground!




Dowsing 101

Misty Bleu Farm - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dowsing, or the art/science/magic of locating underground water with a willow switch or other type of branch, is an ancient practice.  In today's modern world, it seems like a mystical and strange thing.  Surely, there must be some scientific basis for it, just as there is for every natural phenomenon. 

Is it all an act?  I'm not sure, but Clarence Gould & Co. would beg to differ.  Clarence and his son, Clarence, from Vermont, bet their livelihood every day on the results of that dowsing rod.  Otherwise, how would they know where to drill for water?  Clarence is the best at finding water in two states, or so everyone in these parts says. 

So, load of crap, old folk wisdom, or downright magic - you decide:


Only Clarence & Co. knows for sure.

The Construction Chronicles Part 3

Misty Bleu Farm - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Things are moving along at a furious pace at the farm:

Nancy's radiant heat flooring system was laid down:



Then the concrete slab:


The house arrived yesterday morning on two tractor trailers.  Construction began immediately.

The Construction Chronicles Part 2

Misty Bleu Farm - Monday, September 08, 2014

We had to compact the ground where the houses are situated in order to dig and pour the foundations:



Last week, the first round of concrete got poured for the foundation footings:




The concrete contractors will be back this week to pour the frost walls and begin pouring the footings on our house, which you can see off to the back right hand side in the above photo.


The Construction Chronicles Part 1

Misty Bleu Farm - Wednesday, September 03, 2014

In the midst of trying to pick hops from 72 second-year hop plants that appear to have produced as many hops as mature 5 year old hop plants, we have "broken ground", as they say. 

Here is our story:

These are two head-on shots of both house sites a couple of weeks ago.  You can see in the first photo that we have begun removing trees.  There was a whole grove of birch and cottonwood trees here.  Nothing worth saving.  Both house sites face due Southwest. 

This is my mother-in-law's home site:


This is our home site directly to the right of it:


Our excavator extraordinaire has been busy at the farm for about a week and a half now. Here's how the same site looked a week later:



You can see that we are literally moving a hillside.  Our excavator, Robbin, will make it look natural.  He's a real artist when it comes to moving dirt around. 

The stamped house plans from Connor Homes arrived last week.  We have already obtained the building permits from Washington County.  That was very quick.  Here's a hint to anyone who is thinking of building a new home, especially in a rural area or small town :  Always use local contractors.  Your town or county building inspectors are usually very familiar with their work.  We have found that because of the good local contractors we are using, it has helped us to obtain permits faster and easier. And here in Washington County, everybody knows or is related to everybody else.  Do not underestimate the value of this.

Preliminary home delivery dates are as follows:  House 1 will be coming on September 20th.  House 2 will be coming October 1st.  It will be a tight schedule, but as long as the weather holds, it should go smoothly.  Concrete will begin being poured in the next day or two.

More to come.....