Video Introduction


Craft beer, currently a $26B industry, continues to gain market share in the overall $111.4B beer economy. 

Hops, one of only 4 beer ingredients, is in short supply and demand is increasing. 
Grown in a limited geography and harvested only once per year, previous hop supplies are unpredictable, inconsistent, and pelletized to extend shelf life– sacrificing quality. 

Twin Bays Hop Farms is the first hydroponic hop farm in the southeast United States bringing sustainable, organic, grown-to-order, fresh (wet) hops with harvests 4x’s faster than conventional farming. 

BONUS: As an agricultural perk, Florida’s new hydroponic hop farms provide struggling Florida farmers with an opportunity to trade devastated orange fields for lucrative commercial hop crop.

In 2017, the U.S. beer industry shipped 207.4 million barrels of beer*, craft beer is 25% of that, shipping 51.85 million barrels of beer. 
*Source: U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and U.S. Commerce Department.

Economic Facts on Beer, Brewing, and Hydroponics

  • Beer is the #1 most popular and most consumed alcoholic beverage in the world.

  • Hops is one of only 4 ingredients in beer and the growing climate is warm and temperate, limiting the geography for growing hops.

  • U.S. hops come from the pacific northwest, are harvested once every 12-15 months, and pelletized to prolong shelf life. As a result, these hops are oxidized, browned and sacrifice aroma and flavor.

  • Brewers need to source hops as they aren’t locally or regionally available many times importing from unpredictable providers .

  • Hydroponic growing secures the ability to give the crop perfect hydration and nutrients (with zero waste,) resulting in optimal growth conditions and a premium final product.

  • Twin Bays Hop Farms provides local breweries fresh hops every ninety (90) days.
  • Twin Bays Hop Farms offers 70+ different varietals which brewers can custom order.

  • Provides the brewery the ability to choose the varietal they want, and watch it grow through an onsite viewing window.

  • Hops is an unusually lucrative crop commanding $25/lb.

  • Current greenhouse structure can produce 11,000 lbs of fresh hops every three months.

  • In initial planning, Twin Bays Hop Farms took pre-orders valued at $72,000.

  • 135 days after funding, the first batch of fresh local hops will be in the hands of local brewers.

  • Twin Bays Hop Farms wants to change how craft brew fans enjoy beer by revolutionizing hop farming to help sustain growing craft brewing industry and alleviating the dire demand for fresh, organic hops.

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Why Invest in Hops Growing?

Craft Brewing Grows and Hops Supply Tightens

In mid-twentieth century, beer was hijacked and monopolized by big corporate breweries. In 1979 the number of craft brewers was 8. Now they number over 6,000.

"Craft beer accounts for 25% of the US beer market share."

With explosive growth in craft beer, the industry has encountered a shortage of ingredients in the form of hops. 

A large market of craft brewers local to Twin Bays Hop Farms exist as immediate market of eager brewers, ready for fresh, local hops.

plural noun:  hops 
a twining climbing plant native to north temperate regions, cultivated for the conelike flowers borne by the female plant, which are used in brewing beer. 

  • the dried conelike flowers of the hop plant, used in brewing to give a bitter flavor and as a mild sterilant.

The “craftier” the beer, the more important the hops

Craft beer uses a higher hops volume than commercial beer.

Foreign owned, big industry beer accounts for 90% of the US beer landscape. These commercial breweries have purchasing power to corner the hops market, making it increasingly difficult for small craft brewers to secure required ingredients needed to make beer.


Why Florida is a Strong Potential Market

As most U.S. grown hops are sourced from the pacific northwest, Florida is possibly the farthest distance from fresh hops, which results in logistical challenges for craft breweries in the southeast. Brewers today are forced to use dried hops in pellet form in most cases, waiting 12-15 months to receive their hops. The craft beer industry is stunningly underserved on a primary ingredient needed in every single pint of beer.

Local breweries dying to buy fresh hops, choose their own varieties, and want an open “window” to agriculture which supports their endeavor.

  • Florida maintains strong craft beer following amongst residents and visitors.
  • Profitable and sustainable agriculture opportunity for struggling Florida farmers.
  • Florida has inexpensive, unused agricultural acreage.
  • Solves hops supply challenges for craft breweries by providing modernized, efficient access to hops.
  • Hydroponics technology allows harvest of previously ungrowable crops.
  • Positioned to serve hundreds of craft breweries in Florida and the southeast USA.

Why Invest in Twin Bays Hop Farms?

Beer with a sense of place, created with local, cultural, and sustainable ingredients, are paving a bigger future with flavor that is often only available where the product is being created. As this movement continues, the largest breweries will find it difficult to expand while small breweries that prove their quality will see large growth.

  • Twin Bays Hop Farms is licensed in St. Petersburg, Pinellas, FL.

  • All agricultural necessities in place, including real estate and greenhouse structure.

  • With proper funding, ready to start immediately with turn key hydroponic system.

  • The executive and technical agriculture team is in position.

Uniquely positioned to serve a thriving craft beer industry.

Why our timing is important.

Hops Shortage

The Craft Beer industry is growing but the supply of key ingredients is shrinking. Demand for hops is high and the industry seeks access to fresh, local hops. Since most hops are sourced from the pacific northwest U.S. or other countries, access to good hops remains tough for breweries in Florida and the Southeast U.S. Brewers literally must order or predict what will be available for order more than a year in advance. If a varietal is used in a very popular selling formulation, brewers worry whether they will be able to source the varietal again in the future.

Florida’s need for Sustainable Agriculture

Since Citrus Greening decimated 90% the Florida Orange Groves, Florida’s need for a high demand and sustainable agricultural path has never been greater. Hydroponic hop farming is scalable and lucrative. Commanding up to $25 per pound for fresh hops compared to oranges at $2 per pound.

Craft Beer is a Growing Segment

The craft beer industry has grown exponentially and currently accounts for 25% of beer revenue in the United States. Interest in craft beer continues to remain high and small breweries are taking more market share each year. Craft beer earned $23.5 billion in 2016 and is expected to double its market share by 2019.

“I think its very important to drink local beer because you’re not only supporting your community, you’re also supporting the growth of an American industry.”


Twin Bays Hop Farms Team

Brenden Markopoulos

Master Grower

Born and bred native of Pinellas County Florida. Brenden comes from a family of entrepreneurs, whose accomplishments in the hotel and restaurant industries are well know through the bay area. After completing high school, Brenden chose to begin his career by serving in the United States Military, working primarily in Military Intelligence.

After completing his time in the Armed Forces, Brenden wanted to apply his strong leadership training and knack for marketing and success coaching into the private sector. Since leaving the Military, Brenden has held employment with several successfully fortune 500 companies, where he was responsible for general brand growth, PR & Marketing outreach programs.

Brenden has since combined his love for local, fresh and sustainable craft beer into his desire to be the first to grow Hydroponic Hops in the State of Florida. Over the course of the past (3) years, Brenden has studied, implemented and planned his first recirculating Hydroponic Hop growth. As well as working with various State research programs, government agencies and local horticulturalists.

Lori Daugherty


With 25+ years experience, Lori is a proven senior executive/CEO revered in the medical industry for enterprise strategies to improve financial performance, drive customer penetration with revenue growth 30%+, and increase bottom line growth (more than 25% in just 6 months.) 

Lori's operational, financial, and strategic genius has benefited more than a dozen organizations for whom she has served in an executive or Board position. 

With a very successful history of overhauling, streamlining, restructuring, merging, acquiring, and navigating private equity for organizations at the $450 M revenue-size, Lori has agreed to captain GCCM's venture. She recognizes the tremendous business and humanitarian opportunity in Florida in the medical cannabis market. 

Lori's vast professional experience in the hospice industry and home health, as well as, personal experience caring for terminally ill friends and family fuels Lori's passion to provide reputable medical cannabis solutions. She has witnessed the traditional medicinal struggle between extreme pain and extreme pain control which destroys the patient's quality of life. She strives to bring reputable standardization and coaching to eliminate the stigma of medicinal cannabis. 

Kent Rodahaver

Business Manager

Kent is a passionate business leader and an enthusiastic member of our team. He a state Certified Building Contractor, is the CEO of a St Petersburg based development firm, and is a licensed residential and commercial real estate professional who sits on several professional advisory boards and is a Member and Ambassador of the St Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. Kent currently holds multiple Federal EPA certifications, studied at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and was awarded The UF/IFAS Agricultural Best Management Practices certificate, studied Criminology at the University of South Florida as well as Business Management and Marketing at the University of Phoenix. 

He is a past member of Florida Nursery Growers and Landscaping Association, and is a certified educator for the Division of Environmental Management. Kent grew-up in Southwestern Pennsylvania and spent much of his youth working on farms and acquiring a deep fascination with agriculture. He is excited to share his successful business experience and knowledge while continuing to research, learn and then pioneer the latest technological and scientific advances in sustainable hydroponic and greenhouse growing.

Oscar Mouton

Agricultural Manager/Foreman

Oscar is a highly-decorated former Detective from Washington D.C. and a former United States Marine. Oscar has served three tours of duty in Afghanistan as a DOD contractor. Oscar is a specialist in communication and intelligence and was deputized with the Department of Justice. His awards include merits of service, letters of commendation and more. 

In addition, Oscar Mouton is a local horticultural enthusiast. His expertise includes, crop production systems management with a focus on IPM management, cover crops, crop rotations, equipment modification and use, and facilities design.

Lucrative Local Sustainable Agriculture

Florida Agriculture Comeback

Citrus Greening becomes a thing of the past

Florida Farmers have an opportunity to fill empty fields with sustainable commercial hop crop.

  • Efficient alternative to conventional growing
  • Accelerated Growth Cycles
  • Highly controlled and sustainable
  • Fool proof method to capture hops market
  • Cash crop yields available every 90 days

Most hops are grown in moist, temperate regions to the north. However, with the ability to operate a hydroponic greenhouse where all conditions can be carefully and precisely controlled by the grower, climate is no longer a barrier to entry to grow hops in Florida

noun:  hydroponics 

  • the process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, with added nutrients but without soil.

Like technology, gardening is evolving. For a variety of reasons (e.g. space, weather or climate) growers are migrating to hydroponics. Hydroponic gardening eliminates headaches of: weeding, soil borne diseases, fertilization, pesticides, cultivation labor, soil texture, or tilling.


Products and Product Development

Unique Access Empowers Breweries

Twin Bays Hop Farms invites brewers to choose their own fresh hops

  • Breweries can select which hops to grow and when
  • Varietals for Variety: Up to 75 different hops available
  • Brewers can properly time fresh hops selections to coordinate with their brew schedules
  • Ninety Day Harvests = More fresh hops, more often
  • Precise control on growth process maximizes potential yield and alpha acidity. High Quality Product
  • Modernized supply infrastructure that’s designed to support the specific needs of craft breweries

Brewers are Clamoring to Get Onboard

Brew with Confidence!

Twin Bays is one of the only hydroponic hops farms in the United States offering breweries the ability to brew with the highest quality sustainable hop products on the market. Through hydroponic hop farming TBHF is able to produce maximum product yields and the highest numbers of alpha acids in each varietal.  

By using our product which is locally grown, your product is now "Fresh From Florida". 

“I’m really excited about the concept of using fresh hops. This is an opportunity we haven’t had as brewers in Florida. …it’s something we could really use in the state.”

- Micheil McElvey Head Brewer – Mastry’s Brewing Co.

Beer Industry Information

Craft Brewer Definition

"An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional."


Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships.


Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by a beverage alcohol industry member which is not itself a craft brewer.


A brewer which has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavors derive from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored Malt Beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.

According the Brewers Association For Small and Independent Craft Brewers




Million Economic Impact (Ranks 5th)


Craft Breweries
(Ranks 10th)


Barrels of Craft Beer Produced per Year 
(Ranks 4th)

Beer Industry Contributes $21.6 Billion to Florida Economy in 2016

According to an economic impact report conducted by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute


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Currently, we are accepting investments from accredited investors. Additionally, within the next 15 days we anticipate that our crowdfunding site will go live and non-accredit investors who are residents of Florida will be able invest for as little as $500.