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date: 22 September 2020

Yakima Valley hop region 

The Oxford Companion to Beer
Thomas ShellhammerThomas Shellhammer, Val PeacockVal Peacock

is the largest hop-growing area in the United States. It is located approximately 230 km southeast of Seattle, Washington, at roughly 46 north latitude. This region experiences long days of up to 16 h of sunlight during the summer months, moderate summer temperatures with an average high of 31°C (87°F), and cold winters with an average low of –7°C (20°F). Because the region is also in the rain shadow of the Cascade Range, rainfall is very light, averaging 21 cm (8 inches) per year, which translates into less than 2 cm per month. Rain in the summer months is rare. Although the name “Yakima” is now iconic among American brewers and beer enthusiasts, it is not a natural hop-growing region. Once just a stretch of sagebrush country, Yakima Valley actually has a desert climate, and most agriculture in the valley depends upon irrigation. Fortunately, water is available from the Yakima River Watershed. The arrival of settlers from the East began in the 1860s... ...

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