Lots of Americans are converting land into hop-growing fields in order to cash in on the demand for locally produced Humulus lupulus, one of the four main ingredients in almost every single beer.
According to St. Louis Today:
"Many of the new hops growers are idealistic first-time farmers who are passionate about beer, and some are lured by the fact that hops are a high-cash crop that can be grown on a relatively small piece of land. (An acre can produce 2,000 pounds, enough for about 2,000 barrels of the average craft ale.)"
Could Hops be the next big cash crop? With breweries popping up left and right (and with people now offering hop-infused soaps), domestic demand for hops will only continue to grow. As homebrewers and backyard hop growers ourselves, we're hopeful that the scent of fresh hops could one day permeate the country air from coast to coast!