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Washington hops bring the flavor to booming craft beer industry

Washington hops bring the flavor to booming craft beer industry

[Via The Spokesman Review | By Rachel Alexander] Whether your brew of choice is Budweiser or Bale Breaker, there are few places on Earth where you can sip a cold pint knowing the flavors came from a farm just down the road.

That’s a point of pride for nearly everyone connected to the Yakima Valley’s hops industry, from farmers to regulars at Yakima Sports Center – a downtown bar with a selection of two dozen craft beer taps.

Hops farmers are still farmers, and face the same challenges as other growers: labor shortages, rising costs, a particularly pesky mite, high barriers to entry that keep new players from entering the market...[Read More]

Posted June 12, 2018

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