Hops Growing Is Making a Comeback In the U.S.

There’s a India pale ale with a strong flavor that may be an acquired taste for some. However, lots of beer drinkers seem to enjoy it and IPA has clearly become the most popular style of craft beer. The beverage is both floral and bitter and more and more people are starting to grow their own hops again to create one-of-a-kind brands that are becoming increasingly popular.

Of course, when it comes to an IPA, the hops are very important. Hops growing has been increasing in the U.S. and craft breweries are becoming more popular as well. From 2011 to 2015, the number of hops acres in the United States went from 29,787 to 44,882, based on data from Hop Growers of America. 2015 was also the year that these U.S. hops acres made up 42 percent of the overall global crop, which surpassed Germany’s 33 percent.

Upstate New York is the home of the new hops farming boom. In 2015, hops farmers farmed 250 acres, and this is a 67 percent increase from 2014. Before this point, the state of New York didn’t even have enough hops crops to be included in the data.

While the increase of hops grown in New York has increased dramatically in a short time, experts say this is just the beginning. It is predicted that New York will continue to lead the hops growing trend for years to come. New York is just one lucrative farming hub for hops in the U.S. As the demand for local craft beers continues to grow, beer enthusiasts will start to develop more brand loyalty to the beers that have distinct flavors and characteristics.