One-third of B.C.s’ hop farms have closed, despite province’s craft beer boom

From Global News | BC, by John Hua

As local craft breweries have become the toast of the town in British Columbia, many hop farmers say the success has been tough to swallow.

Hop farmers say they’ve been forced to shut down a third of their crops because of a lack of demand. They blame a lack of support from local breweries and the provincial government.

“Despite the word ‘local’ being promoted by both brewers and government through buy-local programs it’s not actually happening,” said Dwayne Stewart, General Manager at the BC Hops Company.

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