This past weekend, we were out for a visit at my parent's and we couldn't believe how much the hops had grown!! There are even little buds 'blooming'. Those bud/flowers are what you pick and use in making beer. It takes about a year for the plant to really get established and before there's an actual harvest, but they seem to be on the right track so far.
The latest homebrew batch the Mr. made is a pumpkin beer and is about to be bottled. It should be ready just in time for our third annual pumpkin beer party (assuming we can still pull off the party amid homegirl's pending arrival..)!!