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Local breweries celebrate National Beer Day

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It's National Beer Day!  The adult beverage has continued to gain popularity in recent years with the abundance of craft brewers popping up. It's National Beer Day! The adult beverage has continued to gain popularity in recent years with the abundance of craft brewers popping up.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

It's National Beer Day! The adult beverage has continued to gain popularity in recent years with the abundance of craft brewers popping up.

According to the WA State Hops Commission nearly 80 percent of the nations hops are grown in Washington. With the craft beer industry continuing to grow more and more of those hops are staying in the States.

Todd Grove is a brewer at River City Brewing in Spokane. He tells us the four fundamental ingredients in beer are water, malted barley, hops and yeast. The hops act as a spicing agent in the brewing process.

"Over the years as malted barley was used to create this fermented beverage many different things were used to add a bittering component to counter and complement the sweet component of the malted barley," says Grove. "Through this time we found hops were the most efficient."

Yakima Valley, WA is one of the most productive growing regions globally. In fact, the United States rivals Germany for the top hops producer in the world.

"American hops are known for citrusy, piney characteristics. Certain kind of floral notes. Really a complex array of possibilities," Grove tells KHQ.

Because those craft beers have taken off, the demand for hops variety has increased.

"Even the big brewers were trying out different varieties and a lot of them that they discarded as too unusual too exotic those are loved by the craft brewers," says Grove. "Part of what makes craft beer interesting is variety, so as that's increased the varieties have increased and people are always looking for something new and different."

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