We're a little late getting to this, but last fall EcoTrust's quarterly, Edible Portland, featured a piece on Goschie Farms, located between Silverton and Mt. Angel, and the present-day transition from commodity hop growing to craft beer supplier and farm-to-pint practice.
How great is that!
The story charts the decline of Anheuser-Busch's purchasing after the InBev acquisition and the rise of working more directly with Oregon craft brewers and the new brokers like Indie Hops. As the industry changes, multinational commodity traders are less important. It's also a story of increasing diversity, from industrial monoculture to smaller-batch multiplicity. And finally, it's another one of those "what's old is new again" stories. (Look for an upcoming note on an article about old hop growing!)
Goschie is also working on organic hops, and this past year harvested organic Cascade, Centennial, Fuggle, Liberty, Teamaker, and Willamette hops.
Check it out! You can read it online here, and perhaps find copies locally at E-Z Orchards and Willamette Valley Vineyards. More likely you'll need to find it at a library.
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