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Breweries enjoy increase in hops harvest

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With the growing popularity of craft beer, and America’s love for the hoppy Indian Pale Ales, the demand for hops has been high. (KCTV5) With the growing popularity of craft beer, and America’s love for the hoppy Indian Pale Ales, the demand for hops has been high. (KCTV5)
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

Kansas City brewers are raising their glasses, as there's hope that America's shortage of hops, the flowers used to add bitterness and smell to beer, may soon be over.

There are more than a dozen breweries in the KC metro area, and with a hops shortage, brewers have to plan ahead and shuffle accordingly, to keep up with demand.

With the growing popularity of craft beer, and America’s love for the hoppy Indian Pale Ales, the demand for hops has been high.

“The 2016 spectrum is a much more hop-forward beer world than it was,” Co-Owner of Martin City Brewing Co. in South Kansas City Matt Moore said.

But there’s good news on the horizon for brewers, as the Pacific Northwest is expected to produce a record crop, nearly 92 million pounds of hops.

The increase is a 16 percent jump from last year.

Total U.S. hop acreage grew by almost 20 percent to more than 53,000 acres this year, according to the Hop Growers of America.

Many larger breweries such as Boulevard Brewing Company, get three to five-year contracts for their hops supplies while smaller breweries can afford to pay for hops as they need them.

Martin City Brewing Company in South Kansas City is small but brewers are planning ahead as well as keeping track of need.

“We had hop contracts opening up,” Moore said. “But you never know what you’re going to use. You never know how much volume you’re going to go through. So it’s tricky to put yourself under a constraint. But then again, you can always sell them back to the open market. If we need hops, we can buy them on the open market right now.”

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