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US Sees Double-Digit Hop Acreage Increase

2016 has been another good year for hops in the US – according to the Hop Growers of America, total acreage is up by 18.5 percent from 2015. 

By HGA's count, 2016 has seen 53,200 acres of hops upon the bine, up 8,300 from last year. 

"The US hop industry has been in catch-up mode in recent years as the supply of craft-popular US aroma hops has lagged behind the dramatic growth of the craft brewing sector in both domestic and overseas markets,” said Pete Mahoney, vice president of supply chain at Jon I. Haas. “The 2016 acreage expansion is once again a direct response to market demand and does not happen overnight. It requires significant planning and commitment of industry resources.”

This marks the third year in a row that US hop acreage has risen by double digits – love 'em or hate 'em, thank your IPA's and DIPA's for the good news.