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Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon's Willamette Valley (California Studies in Food and Culture) Paperback – September 6, 2016
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"Peter Kopp has produced a masterful work in Hoptopia. He creatively brings together agriculture, agronomy, science, environment, labor, and market economics to tell this story of hop production in Oregon's Willamette Valley. What's beer without hops? What's the history of that crop without all of the important connections explained so well here? Hoptopia is a must-have book for all interested in the history of the Pacific Northwest and for all who love beer."—Sterling Evans, University of Oklahoma
"Hoptopia finally encapsulates the noble role of the lowly hop cone in the world of quality beer. Peter Kopp deftly weaves the story of how American hops—and particularly Oregon hops—went from a laughingstock of the beer world to an ingredient highly sought after by brewers worldwide. Cheers to Hoptopia!"—Karl Ockert, Director of Brewery Operations, Deschutes Brewery
"Imagine a Venn diagram with hops, a crucial ingredient in making beer, in the center, attached to circles containing farming, agronomy, climate, ecology, business, labor, gender, race, class, festivals, globalization, and utopias. As the title of Peter Kopp’s entertaining and informative history of hop farming suggests, the story of hops is regional history placed in contexts of world history. Like the beers that hops make palatable, this book nourishes and stimulates. Imbibe!"—Bernard Mergen, author of At Pyramid Lake
"Cheers to this fascinating agricultural history of the aromatic hops that infused America’s craft beer revolution. Kopp relates the rich biological, scientific, social, labor, and industrial history of the development of Oregon’s Willamette Valley as a major hop producer. Along the way, he reveals the complex connections between global markets and the local landscapes and people who transformed the way many of us imbibe beer."—Marsha Weisiger, Julie and Rocky Dixon Chair of U.S. Western History, University of Oregon