In much of the 1800s, hops were one of Vermont's largest agricultural crops. The state of Vermont was the second largest producer of hops in the U.S. after New York. According to the agricultural census of 1860, Vermont's biggest hop production year, the state produced 638,657 pounds of hops. To put that in perspective, it would take 372 acres in production at today's yields to produce that quantity of hops. Hop growers in Vermont were forced to wind down their operations due to prohibition, and without modern-day knowledge of pest management, farmers also struggled with plant disease. After prohibition, the industry re-established itself in the Pacific Northwest, and hops have just come back to the region in the past decade. We are excited to be a part of the re-emergence of Vermont's hop industry! You can find these facts and much more information on the history of our state's hops and beer industry in Vermont Beer: History of a Brewing Revolution by Kurt Staudter and Adam Krakowski.