Craft beer helps boost hop crop to 5-year high

A new report from the Hop Growers of America also shows a 10 percent increase in acres harvested between 2013 and 2014.

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) – A thirst for craft beer helped hop growers produce their largest crop of hops in five years.

A new report from the Hop Growers of America also shows a 10 percent increase in acres harvested between 2013 and 2014.

The Herald-Republic (http://goo.gl/ATOkut ) says the Yakima Valley produces about 77 percent of the nation’s hops.

In 2014, nearly 29,000 acres of hops were harvested in Washington state, representing about three-fourths of the country’s total.

In Oregon, about 5,400 acres were harvested last year, up about 12 percent from 2013.

Idaho also saw a 12 percent increase in acres of hops harvested.

The country’s crop was worth about $272 million. Growers fetched an average price of $3.83 per pound, the highest since 2008.

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