The Empire Orchards Hop Lot is located at the foot of the Sleeping Bear Dunes in Empire. Founded by Dan Wiesen and son, Alex Wiesen, they run the 115-acre business dispersed between Empire and Suttons Bay. Empire Orchards is booming, and with good reason. Hops production can hardly keep up with the growing brewing industry both in Northern Michigan and nationwide. Watch the video for an insider look at the Empire Orchards Hop Lot and learn more about the hop industry from Alex Wiesen.