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Hops Farmers Thrived Through Prohibition, Actually

Not surprisingly Prohibition had a devastating effect on many industries connected to Big Alcohol. Imagine the plight of glass bottle makers, truck drivers, coopers, and the like when the industry that their wares supported disappeared over night.

Hops farmers, however, hit a renaissance on the eve of Prohibition. Between a growing beer market in Asia and the obliteration of hops farms in Europe during WWI hops acreage in Oregon and Washington actually doubled, while production tripled throughout The Noble Experiment.