Aaron Hendrikx is the founder and owner of BackRoads Hops and BackRoads Brews + Shoes. Aaron grew up running thousands of kilometers on country back roads, so it’s easy to see how he developed his passion for agriculture and the inspiration behind the name “BackRoads”.
BackRoads is a diverse family business including two unique yet connected businesses:
- BackRoads Brews + Shoes in London Ontario is a specialty running shop selling running shoes and gear with an in-store taproom serving Ontario Craft Beer, coffee and more with a focus on community.
- BackRoads Hops is a ten acre hops farm located just south of Parkhill Ontario and is a fourth generation family farm with the knowledge and experience gained from three previous generations of cash crop farmers.
Having these two businesses gives Aaron the unique ability to not only provide high-quality hops to Ontario’s craft breweries, but to also put those same brewers’ beers on tap in the BackRoads taproom.
The two businesses connect everything we are passionate about: community, health, agriculture and beer!
BackRoads Hops was established in 2017 when we constructed and planted a one acre hop yard split between Cascade and Centennial varieties. After a great summer of hard work we enjoyed a very successful first harvest and decided to fully commit to the hops industry with a large expansion in 2018.
Ben Williams grew up just a few minutes from the Hendrikx farm and has had a passion for the outdoors since childhood. Ben was hired in 2018 to assist with the initial expansion of the BackRoads hopsyard and has been part of the team ever since. After receiving a degree in marketing from the University of Guelph Ben is now working for Backroads full-time with the aspiration of making the process of purchasing hops as easy and convenient as possible for Backroads’ customers.
The varieties we currently grow include:
- Triple Pearl
- Kent Golding