Our Company

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Our love for plants (and beer) led us to an in-house project between co-workers, to see if we could grow hops hydroponically. And we did.

Rough Brothers, Inc. was founded in 1932, as a maintenance and repair facility for greenhouses that were made out of redwood. Over the last 85 years, RBI has evolved from a small workshop with a handful of employees to become the largest greenhouse, garden center, and conservatory manufacturer in North America. 

As a Cincinnati company, beer is in our blood. In 1812, Cincinnati opened its first brewery and by the mid-1800's the city was producing more than 30 million gallons of beer a year. By 1890, Cincinnati was making and consuming so much beer that we were dubbed "Beer Capital of the World." Cheers!

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HopsHouse Project Leads



Keith Bemerer
Crop Scientist, Inside Sales

Keith has a BS in Agriculture specializing in Floriculture Crops from The Ohio State University. After almost two decades as a grower for the wholesale bedding plant industry, he was recruited by Rough Brothers, Inc. for sales and design. He is the treasurer for the Cincinnati Flower Growers Association. HopsHouse is a great example of blending his career together: studying the hops plants in an indoor environment and developing a structure around them. In his spare time, he makes home brewed wine and beer, concocting different flavor profiles for something tasty to drink.


Connor Lotz
Systems Design Engineer

Connor was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering University of Cincinnati, and is in the processing of completing his MBA. He has a love for the outdoors and beer. He began with a taste for dark beers, but his taste is evolving to like more hops and new flavors. As our systems engineer Connor designs the interior systems of HopsHouse including irrigation, lighting, and controls.


Sable Bender

Sable has a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Cincinnati. She traded in her job as an event planner for a seasonal position as a farmer and never looked back. Her passion for agriculture lead her to Africa to work for a start-up in Accra, Ghana prior to joining our team. HopsHouse is one of her favorite projects to date- she gets to combine her love of ag. and beer. You can find her drinking something dark and heavy or something funky and unfiltered.