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Opportunities persist for the biggest midwest hop state

“The most hops Michigan has ever grown we have planted right now and we really kind of pale in comparison to what they have out west,” he says.  “The last USDA survey that was in 2020 showed that there are about 670 acres of hops in Michigan.”

The nation’s leader, Washington, is home to more than 70 percent of the country’s hop production with more than 42,000 acres. 

“There is an opportunity I think to market hops not just to Michigan breweries, but also small microbreweries and smaller-scale breweries that don’t have the economies of scale or the buying power to go out west and select their hops every year,” he explains.