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Still, new hop farming regions outside the Pacific Northwest are emerging. For example, the state of Michigan is the largest non-Pacific Northwest hops producer at 650 acres, up over 100% from last year. My home state of California checks in a 130 acres, an increase of 53% over last year. Other notable states include Colorado at 200 acres (up 60%), Wisconsin 297 acres (up 75%) and New York at 300 acres (up 20%). US hop production increased 18.5%, so the growth of these non-PW regions are outpacing the industry considerably. It bears watching whether these new regions will continue to develop beyond a few hundred acres, which currently can only supply a small brewing niche'.
There's plenty in the report to keep a hop trend watcher busy which you can check out for yourself here: