Thirst for craft beer fuels large crop of hops - KMOV.com

Thirst for craft beer fuels large crop of hops

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- A thirst for craft beer helped hop growers produce their largest crop of hops in five years.
 
A new report from the Hop Growers of America also shows a 10 percent increase in acres harvested between 2013 and 2014.
 
The Herald-Republic says the Yakima Valley produces about 77 percent of the nation's hops.
 
In 2014, nearly 29,000 acres of hops were harvested in Washington state, representing about three-fourths of the country's total.
 
In Oregon, about 5,400 acres were harvested last year, up about 12 percent from 2013.
 
Idaho also saw a 12 percent increase in acres of hops harvested.
 
The country's crop was worth about $272 million. Growers fetched an average price of $3.83 per pound, the highest since 2008.

 

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