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America's Thirst for IPA Beers Trickles Down to the Hop Farmers

America's Thirst for IPA Beers Trickles Down to the Hop Farmers
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The most popular style of craft beer in the U.S. right now is India Pale Ale. Not only do Americans want hopped-up craft beer in pale and brown ales, they prefer more fragrant, costlier hops.

The average price for all hops was $3.59 per pound in 2013, nearly twice as much as in 2004, according to data (PDF) from the Hop Growers of America: