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Reviving hop farming in Dutchess County

September 08, 2013 05:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
New York State was once the country’s leading producer of hops, the key ingredient that gives beer its flavor profile and aroma. In fact, in the mid-19th century, New York State farms produced 85 percent of all hops grown in the country. With Prohibition, however, the once-thriving industry lost its viability as a commercial enterprise, and the production of hops declined to the point where now they’re grown in limited quantities on small farms, primarily in the Pacific Northwest.
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