Washington State: Top Hop Producer In the U.S.

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Yesterday was a marathon driving day for me. Driving conditions were perfect so I just kept going. I made 650 miles in 9 1/2 hours, finally stopping in southern Provo, Utah.  I'm hoping conditions continue to be good for the next two days.

Anyway, today is another day on the road home for me but I scheduled this post to give you some insight into a Washington State crop I knew little about until last week.

Last Thursday I was having a conversation with an old schoolmate, and somehow the topic of hop growing in Washington State came up.  I have lived in Washington State (Wenatchee Valley) 47 1/2 years and have been very aware of the crops grown in the area where I live. I never paid much attention to Hop crops grown further south in the Yakima Valley. 

I knew we grew hops in the state but what absolutely shocked me was that:

Washington State produces 75% of the Hops grown in the entire United States!

I guess this explains the proliferation of breweries, rivaling wineries, in Washington State.

Here is a short video about hop growing in the Yakima Valley, 110 miles south of Wenatchee where I live. And, apparently, there is an expanding number of uses being discovered for the use of hops, not just beer. 

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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Carol.

I watched the video, like you I had no clue as to the amount of hops grown in Washington.  Now, I wonder what I can find out about it.  Who knows you may see a post by me later about the subject.

Feb 17, 2019 02:00 AM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning Carol - well I did not know that.  I think of places like Wisconsin but I know now that Washington State is included.

Feb 17, 2019 03:57 AM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I did not know that Washington was awarded the honor of being the top hop producer.  Good to know!  We use to grow a lot of hops here in the Sacramento region when I was a kid, but they slowly disappeared.

Feb 17, 2019 04:17 AM #3
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I had no idea how big those hops plants are! Interesting that this is where most of the nation's hops come from. I bet this is a question on Jeopardy at some point. :-) Thanks!

Feb 17, 2019 04:22 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Carol. Never gave it much thought but if asked my scientific wild ass guess would not have been Washington state. And now I know! Enjoy your trip. Safe driving!

Feb 17, 2019 05:00 AM #5
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Carol Williams - I learned something new today!  Who knew! I am sure your drive home will be event free.  Keep the rubber side down and the sunny side up as the truckers say!

Feb 17, 2019 05:41 AM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

So, I guess that we could rightly say that the folks in Washington are hopping.  

Feb 17, 2019 05:43 AM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

And you thought our main crops were red raspberries, apples, wheat, potatoes, and Christmas trees. :) Hoppy news and it doesn't surprise me a bit. 

Feb 17, 2019 06:53 AM #8
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Drive safe on your travels home. Glad you have good weather so far. 9.5 hrs makes for a long day on the road. I used to do that but not anymore.

Feb 17, 2019 06:54 AM #9
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Always something new to learn isn't there Carol Williams !  Have a safe trip the rest of the way home!

Feb 17, 2019 01:48 PM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

We enjoy sampling the products of local breweries in our area.

Feb 17, 2019 04:24 PM #11
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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Who knew?! I had no idea how hops were harvested, nor did I know they were compressed into pellets, nor about alpha - how cool is that, Carol? Thanks for sharing!

Feb 28, 2019 09:49 PM #12
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