The explosion of the craft beer movement worldwide is fueling a surge in interest for the little green crop. The Washington Hop Commission estimates 79% of all hops production in the U.S., now comes from the fields of Central Washington.
The KING 5 Morning Team hit the road to get an in-depth look at the hops industry in Washington.
Cornerstone Ranches, Graham Gemache's farm near Toppenish, WA, is experiencing a historic year for hops because of ideal growing conditions and global demand. "The hop industry has really responded to the craft beer movement," said Gemache. He points out, the perfect amount of sun and rain helped him cultivate some of the best Centennial Hops he's ever seen. Gemache estimates the farm will produce more than $7 million worth this year.
In recent years, homebrewing has become a popular hobby for many, but some still aren’t sure of how to get started. Homebrew advisor Jesse Young from Kenmore breaks down the starter kit, ingredients, and patience needed to craft your own concoction.
There is only one weekend left to the 2016 Leavenworth Oktoberfest! Live music, German food, arts and crafts, and activities for the whole family await. Oktoberfest in Leavenworth is the next best thing to being in Munich!
Leavenworth Oktoberfest 2016
A new study by Budweiser found that the favorite alcoholic drink of Americans is - wait for it - beer! Astonishing, right? What is a little surprising is that Washington finished in the middle of the pack of beer-loving states. Don't believe us, take a look for yourself.
Pair your beer with food!
Pairing beer with food is just like pairing wine! You want to pick the combination that will bring out the best of both your beer and your meal. Find more pairings from the Brewer's Association on WashingtonBeer.com
Whether you’re tailgating or visiting a bar, toasting and drinking with your best buds are moments in life you don’t want to miss. Now you don’t have to thanks to social media.
- Washington State Craft Beer Commission
- List of all breweries in Washington State
- Economic Impact of Beer on US: Beer Institute
- Brewer's Association
- Fremont Brewing Company
- Naked City Brewery and Taphouse