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Bob Larson Hop Demand Pt 1
by Bob Larson, click here for bio

Program: Washington State Farm Bureau Report
Date: April 20, 2018

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I’m Bob Larson. With the popularity of craft beers reaching new heights worldwide, hop growers in our state are reaping the rewards.

With 75 percent of U.S. hop production coming out of eastern Washington, the National Ag Statistics Service reports there’s more than enough to supply the existing breweries and home brewers …

BROPHY … “It depends. There is an excess of supply in some varieties. I think the thing to keep in mind is that, not too long ago, at the most we probably had about 50 varieties that we would grow, and I think some growers said that there’s basically 30 varieties that people used to focus on. Now we have more than 80 varieties in the U.S. that get grown.”

The Washington Hop Commission’s Jaki Brophy says supply fluctuates naturally as production expands …

BROPHY … “Overall, our stocks are growing and I think last year it was actually in relation with the amount of different varieties that we now have in store, but yes, there are certain varieties that we do have an excess of that I’m sure will find homes in international markets or other places, especially as international markets are growing. But, then there’s some varieties that we’re still working to meet a demand. So, it just depends on which variety you’re asking about.”

Brophy says everything grown in Washington state is contracted for before planting either by a brewery or by a merchant that’s looking for extra supply.

Listen tomorrow for more on the Hop supply and some adjustments being made.

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