Hops

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Hops are the bitter, piney flower of the hop plant, and when fermented with malted barley and water, they create beer. Ninety-eight percent of hop cultivation takes place in the Northwest and Idaho just surpassed Oregon to become the second-largest producer of hops.

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When it comes to hop farming, the Pacific Northwest is king. Washington State leads the pack but Idaho eclipsed Oregon in 2017.

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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.

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Despite a proliferation of craft beers in the U.S., it turns out there is a surplus of one of the main ingredients: hops.