Pacific Northwest hop acreage is reported to increase to 54,135 acres in the recent release by USDA-NASS. This increase of approximately 6.4% continues to meet the ongoing demand in the market, both from Craft brewers and Mainstream brewers alike.
Hopsteiner’s U.S. hop farms are located in Yakima, Washington, a region that is seeing a 4% acreage increase year-over-year. Washington State takes the top spot of acreage in the Pacific Northwest, as it covers over 71.9% of the 54,135 acres. Over the past six years, this region alone has increased by 82%.
“We’re Not Surprised By This Rapid Growth Of The Hop Industry As We Have Seen It First Hand,” Said Bill Elkins, Sales Representative For Hopsteiner. “There Is A Massive Desire By Craft Beer Drinkers For Brewers To Come Up With Unique, Hoppy Flavors. As Growers, We’re Receiving Contracts From Brewers Which Directly Relates To Not Only How Much Acreage We Need, But The Growth Of The Hop Business.”