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Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon's Willamette Valley

Peter A. Kopp


In the first half of the twentieth century, Oregon’s Willamette Valley became one of largest hop producers in the world. Hops, whose cones flavor and preserve beer, were a relatively new addition to the agricultural landscape. Farmers first planted the crop in small acreages shortly after the Civil War to meet the needs of local brewers; then, after bountiful yields, quickly expanded their enterprise after finding ideal environmental conditions and viable transportation networks to reach larger markets. In the late nineteenth century, regional promoters claimed that farmers had caught “hop fev ... More

Keywords: hops, hop agriculture, agricultural history, specialty crops, beer history, craft beer revolution, food history, Willamette Valley, Portland, Oregon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520277472
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520277472.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter A. Kopp, author
New Mexico State University