Craft Breweries Turn To Homegrown Hops

posted Dec 29, 2013, 5:23 PM by Devon Kistler


Published December 13, 2013

Craft Breweries Turn To Homegrown HopsBeer without hops is like wine without grapes. Sure, you also need yeast, water and malted grains, but hops provide that quintessential bitterness and floral aroma, while also ensuring the beer’s essence as it ages. Brewers have relied on hops as preservatives since the 14th century, and for the past 150 years, U.S. hops were almost exclusively grown in the Pacific Northwest. But just as craft breweries have boomed from coast to coast, homegrown hops are starting to sprout up all over the country.