Mike Matiasek graduated with a Ph.D. in Microbiology in 2012 from the Scow Microbial Ecology Lab at the University of California at Davis. During his time in Davis he was a passionate hop grower at the EC garden with the Merry Growlers of Davis. He was also the Vice President of the Greenbelt Brewers Association. In 2012 he left Davis and moved to Chico, CA where he is a Microbiology Instructor at "Butte College". He sorely misses the wiki community in Davis and hopes to inspire Chicoites to improve the "chicowiki".
Mike Matiasek is a very accomplished home brewer. He has won several well deserved awards for his brews. I do my part and help him drink them. —DagonJones
Traditional Bock: 1st place in the dark lager category at the 2010 California State Homebrew Competition.
Bohemian pilsner: 2nd place in the pilsner category and his traditional bock took first place in the bock category at the 2010 Amador County Fair.
2009-04-07 18:32:45 Welcome to the Wiki. Those photos you added to the Experimental College Community Garden page of hops are great. Where were they taken? Out by Sloughhouse, or up by Hopland? —JasonAller
2009-04-08 09:39:32 Just FYI, not all the images on Wikipedia are free. One of the ones you put on here was cc-by, which allows use if that use is attributed. I added the attribution for you so that we comply with the terms of the license. The other image you posted is licensed under the GDFL, which really isn't free in any sense, despite what the Free Software Foundation would claim. Yeah, I know that the world of copyright and licenses is screwed up. :-\ —WilliamLewis
2009-04-08 11:01:22 Hi Mike! I've gone ahead and merged the "How to grow your own hops" article with the "Merry Growlers of Davis" page. There's also still the "Growing Hops" article for general information about hops. I'm looking forward to hearing about your experiences... I've thought about growing hops, too, but have never got around to it. —JonathanLawton
2009-04-08 23:05:38 You're quite welcome! I was thinking about renaming the "Growing Hops" page, too... your suggestion convinced me. ;) —JonathanLawton
2009-04-10 12:59:31 Uh oh. If your hops planting is where I think it is, then it may well be blocking solar access for a person who has gardened the same plot for nearly 30 years. Why wasn't she notified of this before it was built? —BarbaraKing
2009-04-13 17:13:39 The hopyard doesn't affect the solar access for those garden plots, as the shadow is cast upon the trail and not the plot space. —TimQuick
2009-06-07 23:54:46 I am not a brewer, but take an interest in plant related things, especially when involving my utmost favorite beverage. It seems as though grapes are easy enough to grow and have, but you don't see hops around as much and I think it's awesome you're growing some!! I really look forward to pictures on your progress. —ChristyMarsden
2009-11-13 09:35:47 Looking at your picobrewery, I don't see how you do mashing or your boil. Then again, I'm a brewing n00b. What's your process with that setup? —WilliamLewis
2010-09-28 08:57:44 If you highlight a segment and bold it twice the bold will be inverted or undone, so I just went through the page and removed all bold markers. Then selected only the stuff you wanted bolded and that seemed to do the trick. —DagonJones
2011-02-01 07:26:26 So how did the Mt. Hood hops do in their first year? I'm thinking of growing them in Sacramento, and I'm wondering how they deal with the Valley heat in the summer? —MattJurach
2011-03-17 11:59:30 Mt Hoods Only did ok, but with only one season to reference I am hopeful they will pick up this season! They certainly did not perform like cascades did in their first yeat, the gold standard as far as I can tell. I think we harvested 1-1.5 pounds of Mt hoods from 6 plants. In cascades first year, I got about that much from each plant! You a brewer I presume? You should come check out the Greenbelt brewers if you are interested in a homebrew club. —matiasek
2011-07-15 12:21:15 Hows that Cascade pale? You guys continuing to get massive crops of the Cascades? It was pretty cool checking out the first harvest last summer. —TomGarberson