Hops Report Says Northwest Has Reached Peak Hop Production As Idaho Surpasses Oregon By Frankie Barnhill • Feb 7, 2018 Erin Colonna / Flickr Creative Commons When it comes to hop farming, the Pacific Northwest is king. Washington State leads the pack but Idaho eclipsed Oregon in 2017. Distilled: Idaho Microbrew Industry Spurs Fruitful Relationship With Local Agriculture By James Dawson • Jan 24, 2018 Josh Delp via Flickr Creative Commons Take a drive west on Highway 19 towards Wilder and you’ll start to see rows of poles more than a dozen feet tall, piercing the southwest Idaho sky. It’s here that farmers grow one of the most critical components of beer: hops. Slower Growth For Craft Beer Leaves Northwest Hops Producers With Surplus By Norm Gunning • Sep 27, 2017 Dave Shea / Flickr Creative Commons Despite a proliferation of craft beers in the U.S., it turns out there is a surplus of one of the main ingredients: hops.