The Magical Ingredient

Hops farms are struggling to keep up with the growth of craft brewing

Last year, thirsty Americans enjoyed almost 9.5 million barrels of beer. That’s a lot of beer! Every time one of them cracked a can or popped the top on their favorite brewski, they unknowingly paid homage to the side effects of Humulus lupulus. The amount of bitterness, aroma, and, believe it or not, antibacterial properties in most beers is directly linked to this hardy plant. Wondering what this magic botanical is? It’s hops.

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