About Us

Aaron and Emily Hendrikx are the owner/farmers of BackRoads Hops and BackRoads Brews + Shoes. Both Aaron & Emily grew up running thousands of kilometres on country back roads. Therefore it is only natural that two backroads runners have a passion for agriculture.

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 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.

The two business' connect everything we are passionate about: community, health, running, 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. The plants grew really well and we both really enjoyed growing the crop that we decided to do a large expansion starting in 2018.

Our goal with BackRoads Hops is to produce, harvest and process hops so that they are a reliable and high quality product for the Craft Beer industry.

The varieties we currently grow include:

  • Centennial
  • Chinook
  • Cascade
  • Triple Pearl
  • Magnum
  • Hallertua
  • Kent Golding
  • Saaz