About Us

Crazy Horse Hops is a leading grower, merchant, and processor of hops in the US midwest. Our farm consists of 11 varieties of hops grown on 69 acres, with more acreage in the planning stages.

 

We are also a testing site for the USDA public hop breeding program, a member of Hop Growers of America, and a member of the GLH Select Hop Growers Association.

 

Our highly automated harvest and processing facility is built around our focus on delivering quality local hops to brewers in the midwest and around the world.

Our Team

Ryan Hammer

CEO

Ryan's craft beer journey started in Nashville TN when he received a case of Sierra Nevada Pale ale after working as a crew member during a Dave Mathews Band concert in September 2006. "I was totally shocked by the flavors I was tasting," he said, "but I thought I was way too poor to purchase a case of that on the regular." After moving back home to Indiana in 2009, Ryan got a job as a production member at a TV station in Indianapolis. Through working on the different tv shows there he met many craft brewers and received the idea to start growing hops for fun. After starting a small test plot in 2012 and selling to some larger brewers in Indianapolis, Ryan teamed up with Josh Martin and Todd Kaminski in 2016 to start Crazy Horse Hops. Ryan Is the CEO of Crazy Horse, a founding member of the Indiana Hop Growers Association, and a member of the USA Hops Small Grower Council.

Todd Kaminski

CFO

Todd has been around agriculture most of his life. He started his career at Purdue in Ag Engineering in 1978 and graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in BioMedical Engineering. He pursued his doctorate at Indiana University School of Dentistry. Todd has had a successful dental practice in Greenfield, IN since 1986. He has been a part of many small business startups and has helped start several philanthropic organizations in the Greenfield area like the Greenfield School Foundation and LOVE INC of Greater Hancock Co. Todd brings a strong financial base to the operations at Crazy Horse Hops

Scot Gray

COO

Scot hails from Carthage, Indiana, and has been farming there since before he could reach the clutch pedal. Growing up working on his Grandpa Gray's farm, he has the proverbial "Skills to pay the bills" in the field of row crop farming. He also honed his metallurgist skills with his Grandpa Haywood while working in a welding shop together. He is now, not only, head of Gray farms that grows 600 acres of corn and beans but also our Chief of Operations. Scot has been able to custom fabricate many different pieces of equipment on the farm and the things he hasn't built from scratch, he keeps working in prime condition. Scot's expertise in row crop farming is constantly being utilized at the hop farm. He also brews some damn good beer with Nick Jacqemia. If you are lucky enough to get hooked up with some of our hop example beers, you can thank him and Nick for crafting those.

Some of our favorite partner breweries

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