University of Minnesota students fill hop demand

Mighty Axe Hops
Ben Boo and Eric Sannerud at Sannerud's family farm March 16 in Ham Lake, Minn. For three generations, the Sannerud family has rented its land to others rather than tending it themselves, but that will change soon. University of Minnesota alumnus Eric Sannerud and two other University students will turn a chunk of that land into Mighty Axe Hops. Their new project, Mighty Axe Hops, will farm local, organic and sustainable hops, filling a growing demand from the state's booming craft brewing industry.