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Record U.S. Hop Harvest Signals a Coming World IPA Bounty

  • U.S. hops output rose 5% this year, National Hop Report shows
  • Production has boomed in recent decades amid craft beer craze
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IPA lovers can raise a toast to news that there are more U.S. hops to quench the thirst of the booming craft-beer scene.

Growers in the world’s top producer just reaped another record crop, with output rising 5% to 112 million pounds (51,000 tons) this year, according to the annual National Hop Report. In just two decades, harvests in the three producing states of Washington, Idaho and Oregon almost doubled thanks to the growing popularity of the beverage.