Beer production in the U.S. could be going up.
Production of hops increased 11 percent during the 2015 growing season, according USDA’s 2015 National Hop Report. Production for Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in 2015 totaled 78.8 million pounds, up 11 percent from 2014. Production increased in all three States; 30 percent in Oregon, 26 percent in Idaho, and six percent in Washington.
Acreage increased in all three States as well; 22 percent in Oregon, 30 percent in Idaho, and 11 percent in Washington. Washington growers produced 75 percent of the United States hop crop in 2015.
The preliminary 2015 value of production of the United States hop crop is $345.4 million, up 33 percent from the revised 2014 value of $260.6 million. Record high prices received by growers at the United States and Washington levels were realized in 2015.
The increased value is because of higher production and hop production shifting from Alpha varieties to Aroma varieties that are higher in value. More demand from the craft brewing sector has also increased prices for hops.