Hops Growers Power Local Craft Beer Movement
Thursday, September 13, 2018
When Europeans came to Ohio, one of the first crops they cultivated was hops; A small green flower that’s a main ingredients for brewing beer, which was a staple of their diet.
The Ohio Valley provided the perfect soil for the fast growing plant. But, in the early 21st century came Prohibition, plus plant diseases and harmful insects. So Ohio farmers eventually quit growing hops.
Fast forward to the recent explosion of local craft breweries, along with modern technology for pest and disease management, and Ohio farmers are now taking a second look at growing this specialty crop.