The craft beer industry in North America is booming and the supply of Hops is struggling to meet the ever growing demand.
This is especially true in B.C., where locally grown agriculture is experiencing unprecedented growth as the awareness for “food miles” and the carbon footprint of food has been steadily increasing among the general consumer.
The market for BC grown hops consists primarily of BC microbreweries and Brewpubs in BC as well as within Canada and the US. Other potential buyers of BC grown hops include homebrew supply stores, home brewers, and online hops retailers.
British Columbia has a rich history of hops production with the earliest cultivation of hops in BC dating back to 1862 when farmers in Saanich, just north of Victoria, began growing hops to sell to local brewers.