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Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 2:37pm
Friday, November 18, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Public talk by Dr. Peter Kopp, Assistant Professor of History at New Mexico State University and author of his new book Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon's Willamette Valley.   The contents of your pint glass have a much richer history than you could have imagined. Through the story of the hop, Hoptopia connects twenty-first century beer drinkers to lands and histories that have been forgotten in an era of industrial food production. The craft beer revolution of the late twentieth century is a remarkable global history that converged in the agricultural landscapes of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The common hop, a plant native to Eurasia, arrived to the Pacific Northwest only in the nineteenth century, but has thrived within the region’s environmental conditions so much that by the first half of the twentieth century, the Willamette Valley claimed the title “Hop Center of the World.” Hoptopia integrates an interdisciplinary history of environment, culture, economy, labor, and science through the story of the most indispensable ingredient in beer.   Friday, November 18th 1:00-3:00 at the OSU library in Corvallis. Dr. Kopp will be talking about his book, as well as the rich history of hops/beer research and the impact of the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives at OSU.https://www.facebook.com/events/882746235160283/   Questions? Please contact Tiah Edmunson-Morton, Director of OSU’s Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives, edmunsot@oregonstate.edu.