My name is Ed Atkins, and I’m the General Manager at Elk Mountain Farms.
I’m a fourth generation farmer, born on a cattle ranch here in Bonners Ferry – a hard-working northern Idaho town, located just ten miles south of the Canadian border. Since 1987, my team and I have cared for over 1,700 acres of hops on the world’s largest contiguous hop farm.
Located on the 49th parallel, Elk Mountain Farms exists in the perfect growing conditions in terms of temperature, precipitation, and day length. They’re also the perfect conditions for a weekend spent in the great outdoors, if you ask me.
Elk Mountain Farms
I discovered craft beer in college (one of my first was Redhook Double Black Stout) and was a home brewer long before brewing professionally. The decision to become a brewer professionally came when I decided to go to Siebel Institute rather than putting a down payment on a house. Luckily, for me, I had a very understanding and encouraging girlfriend (now wife) who had just finished going to culinary school. Upon graduation from Siebel, I went on to brew for Destihl from 2007-2008 and joined Goose Island in 2009. Favorite beer styles: all of them, but my go to beer is an IPA or a good craft Pils. I also really like bourbon and cocktails. Oh yeah, and food is awesome too.
One of my responsibilities and distinct pleasures is traveling to the farm annually for hop selection. Every time I visit, I'm in awe of the sheer beauty of the place. And yes, there are actually elk there.