The demands of craft brewing in the last few years, along with declining European hops production, has driven the price of hops up as much as 50 percent, creating a windfall for growers in Washington. It’s not the first time in state history that hops brought a grower financial success.
Puyallup Valley pioneer Ezra Meeker first started planting hops as a cash … » More …
In 2009, Dan Newhouse ’77 was walking through the wings of the state House of Representatives when the governor’s chief of staff approached him with a surprising offer.
Newhouse was a four-term Republican representative from Sunnyside and floor leader for his caucus, so he didn’t expect to be asked to be director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture by a Democratic governor. “At the time, everyone knew there was a vacancy, but being from a different political party I didn’t think I would be considered for that position,” he says.
Soon after, Newhouse visited with Gov. Chris Gregoire about agriculture once. Then he … » More …
Raising the raw ingredients for beer can be just as complex and
interesting as growing grapes for wine, says Jason Perrault '97, '01.
Like grapes, hops have different varieties and characteristics.
Perrault, fourth-generation heir to a hops-farming legacy, runs a hops
breeding program for Yakima Valley growers, helping to ensure that
Washington continues to provide three-quarters of the hops grown in