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Icicle Brewery Celebrates Hop Harvest

September 07, 2011

The

hops harvest is in full swing in the Yakima Valley where growers are collecting and processing the plants that

flavor beer. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports Washington leads the nation in hop production, but the harvest in

the state is down about 5 percent this year to about 23,000 acres.
Acreage peaked in 2008 at nearly 31,000

acres. Ann George of the Washington Hop Commission says the decline is the result of oversupply. A bright spot in

the industry has been the growth of farms that supply craft brewers.
Reporter Isaac Kaplan-Woolner has more

on how one such local craft brewery plans to use this year’s hop harvest.
Icicle Brewing Company is

located on Front Street in Leavenworth.
 

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