While small, craft breweries in the Midwest pride themselves on being hyperlocal and producing high-quality beers, there is an essential ingredient — hops — they can’t get locally.
But that could soon change.
The hop is the flower part of a family of vines, and how much and what kind you add determines how the beer tastes.
Hops grow best in arid climates with short days. The long days and high humidity of the Midwest make it difficult to grow them in the region.