Welcome to Star B Ranch and Hop Farm, visits by appointment only.

Please call 760-789-8155 to schedule.

Established in 1979, Star B Ranch is one of the most recognized Bison ranches in the nation, selling top quality Bison breeding stock and producing 100% grass fed Bison meat.

 

Family owned and operated, Star B Ranch is also Southern California's first and largest commercial hop farm, providing the growing craft brewery industry with San Diego grown hops.

 

For over 35 years and spanning four generations, the Star B Ranch family has been committed to responsible stewardship of the 1200 acre property and we warmly welcome you to our website.

Established in 1979, Star B Ranch is one of the most recognized Bison ranches in the nation, selling top quality Bison breeding stock and producing 100% grass fed Bison meat.

 

Family owned and operated, Star B Ranch is also Southern California's first and largest commercial hop farm, providing the growing craft brewery industry with San Diego grown hops.

 

For over 35 years and spanning four generations, the Star B Ranch family has been committed to responsible stewardship of the 1200 acre property and we warmly welcome you to our website.

by appointment only

760-789-8155

Ramona, CA 92065

Established in 1979, Star B Ranch is one of the most recognized Bison ranches in the nation, selling top quality Bison breeding stock and producing 100% grass fed Bison meat.

 

Family owned and operated, Star B Ranch is also Southern California's first and largest commercial hop farm, providing the growing craft brewery industry with San Diego grown hops.

 

For over 35 years and spanning four generations, the Star B Ranch family has been committed to responsible stewardship of the 1200 acre property and we warmly welcome you to our website.

Established in 1979, Star B Ranch is one of the most recognized Bison ranches in the nation, selling top quality Bison breeding stock and producing 100% grass fed Bison meat.

 

Family owned and operated, Star B Ranch is also Southern California's first and largest commercial hop farm, providing the growing craft brewery industry with San Diego grown hops.

 

For over 35 years and spanning four generations, the Star B Ranch family has been committed to responsible stewardship of the 1200 acre property and we warmly welcome you to our website.When the Boeckmann family acquired the 1050 acre property in 1979, they were challenged with creating an agribusiness that would offset the operating costs as well as develop the ranch as a family retreat. The task was given to his daughter, Denice, and her husband, Ken, who had already moved onto the ranch along with their children. With extensive research into horses, cattle, farming, and exotic animals; they decided that American Bison offered great opportunity for the family to get involved with a new and growing industry and to promote the healthy qualities of Buffalo meat. The history of the American Buffalo is a great attraction and with  many people having interest in leaner and better quality meats, the choice to start a Buffalo ranch turned out to be an excellent idea!

 

Both being native Southern California baby boomers, Ken and Denice had a lot to learn about Buffalo ranching and the Buffalo meat business. In 1980, Star B Buffalo Ranch was started. Ken and Denice built the business into one of the most recognized Buffalo ranches in the nation.

 

The ranch has grown to 1200 acres and in 2008, the Childs' daughter, Amie, along with her husband, Eric, who are part of the ranch management team, decided to expand the ranching activities and to start a hop farm to supply the growing Southern California craft brewing business with locally grown hops. Currently, Star B Hop Farm is the largest commercial hop farm in San Diego County and is continually expanding to accommodate a growing demand for "San Diego Grown" hops.

 

In both of their ranching and farming operations, Star B supports sustainable agricultural management practices; respecting the animals, the land, and all of its natural resources. The family takes great pride in being good stewards of the land as well as protectors of the wide range of wildlife that call Star B Ranch and Hop Farm home.

Star B Ranch and Hop Farm is Southern California's first and largest commercial hop farm. Star B is the source of locally grown premium wet and dried hops for San Diego Craft and Home Brewers like Monkey Paw Pub Brewery, Helms Brewing Co., Chuck Alek Independent Brewers, San Diego Brewing Company, Julian Brewing Company and Ballast Point Brewing Company. Hops are one of the primary ingredients in beer brewing, along with malted barley, yeast, and water. Hops contain many essential oils which contribute Aroma, Flavor, and Bitterness to balance the sweetness of the malt. Hops also provide antiseptic preservative qualities to finished beer. Like seasonings, there are dozens of varieties of hops to enhance the flavor of their brews. Star B Ranch currently offers Cascade and Nugget hops and is planting Chinook and Crystal in 2014, as well as ongoing variety trials to determine suitable varieties in our region.  Traditionally, hops were measured by Alpha Acid (bittering potential) and aroma. Current trends i

HARVESTING

Through experience we have learned that, although picking hops by hand is a fun experience, it can become tedious and time consuming. It also made it difficult to provide larger quantities fast enough fro some customers. Our commitment to provide the best service and products led us to invest into a German engineered and built, Wolf Hop Harvester. These machines are proven and trusted by many hop farmers throughout Europe, and now are now helping smaller U.S. hop farmers as well. OurWolf Hop Harvester will also allow us to process our hops much more quickly, allowing us to fill larger orders of fresh picked hops.

 

HOPS CONSULTING

For those interested in learning more about commercial or hobby hop farming, the Star B staff offers consulting services grounded in hands-on experience.n brewing have led to an awareness of the aroma and flavor contributions, as hops have become the highlight of many beer styles. Star B Ranch strives to grow and produce hops that will add something special to your beer. We offer Harvest-Wet Hops, Dry Hops and Rhizomes.

Established in 1979, Star B Ranch is one of the most recognized Bison ranches in the nation, selling top quality Bison breeding stock and producing 100% grass fed Bison meat.

 

Family owned and operated, Star B Ranch is also Southern California's first and largest commercial hop farm, providing the growing craft brewery industry with San Diego grown hops.

 

For over 35 years and spanning four generations, the Star B Ranch family has been committed to responsible stewardship of the 1200 acre property and we warmly welcome you to our website.When the Boeckmann family acquired the 1050 acre property in 1979, they were challenged with creating an agribusiness that would offset the operating costs as well as develop the ranch as a family retreat. The task was given to his daughter, Denice, and her husband, Ken, who had already moved onto the ranch along with their children. With extensive research into horses, cattle, farming, and exotic animals; they decided that American Bison offered great opportunity for the family to get involved with a new and growing industry and to promote the healthy qualities of Buffalo meat. The history of the American Buffalo is a great attraction and with  many people having interest in leaner and better quality meats, the choice to start a Buffalo ranch turned out to be an excellent idea!

 

Both being native Southern California baby boomers, Ken and Denice had a lot to learn about Buffalo ranching and the Buffalo meat business. In 1980, Star B Buffalo Ranch was started. Ken and Denice built the business into one of the most recognized Buffalo ranches in the nation.

 

The ranch has grown to 1200 acres and in 2008, the Childs' daughter, Amie, along with her husband, Eric, who are part of the ranch management team, decided to expand the ranching activities and to start a hop farm to supply the growing Southern California craft brewing business with locally grown hops. Currently, Star B Hop Farm is the largest commercial hop farm in San Diego County and is continually expanding to accommodate a growing demand for "San Diego Grown" hops.

 

In both of their ranching and farming operations, Star B supports sustainable agricultural management practices; respecting the animals, the land, and all of its natural resources. The family takes great pride in being good stewards of the land as well as protectors of the wide range of wildlife that call Star B Ranch and Hop Farm home.

Star B Ranch and Hop Farm is Southern California's first and largest commercial hop farm. Star B is the source of locally grown premium wet and dried hops for San Diego Craft and Home Brewers like Monkey Paw Pub Brewery, Helms Brewing Co., Chuck Alek Independent Brewers, San Diego Brewing Company, Julian Brewing Company and Ballast Point Brewing Company. Hops are one of the primary ingredients in beer brewing, along with malted barley, yeast, and water. Hops contain many essential oils which contribute Aroma, Flavor, and Bitterness to balance the sweetness of the malt. Hops also provide antiseptic preservative qualities to finished beer. Like seasonings, there are dozens of varieties of hops to enhance the flavor of their brews. Star B Ranch currently offers Cascade and Nugget hops and is planting Chinook and Crystal in 2014, as well as ongoing variety trials to determine suitable varieties in our region.  Traditionally, hops were measured by Alpha Acid (bittering potential) and aroma. Current trends i

HARVESTING

Through experience we have learned that, although picking hops by hand is a fun experience, it can become tedious and time consuming. It also made it difficult to provide larger quantities fast enough fro some customers. Our commitment to provide the best service and products led us to invest into a German engineered and built, Wolf Hop Harvester. These machines are proven and trusted by many hop farmers throughout Europe, and now are now helping smaller U.S. hop farmers as well. OurWolf Hop Harvester will also allow us to process our hops much more quickly, allowing us to fill larger orders of fresh picked hops.

 

HOPS CONSULTING

For those interested in learning more about commercial or hobby hop farming, the Star B staff offers consulting services grounded in hands-on experience.n brewing have led to an awareness of the aroma and flavor contributions, as hops have become the highlight of many beer styles. Star B Ranch strives to grow and produce hops that will add something special to your beer. We offer Harvest-Wet Hops, Dry Hops and Rhizomes.

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