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


Oregon State University’s Hops & Brewing Archives are promoting a new book called “Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley” by Peter Koepp, Assistant Professor of History at New Mexico State University. Peter will be in Oregon this week doing two readings from his new book, Wednesday at the Oregon Historical Society and one Friday at the OSU Library in Corvallis. If you can’t make the events, you can order the book here on Amazon.

About Hoptopia: 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.

Wednesday, November 16th 5:30 – 8:00 at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. Presented in partnership with the Oregon Historical Society, Oregon State University Hops and Brewing Archives, and University of California Press. And with a special thanks to McMenamins for donating beer for the event! https://www.facebook.com/events/700461726770245/


Friday, November 18th 1:00-3:00 at the OSU library in Corvallis. No beer, but Dr. Kopp will be talking about the hops/beer research history at OSU and the hops and brewing archives. https://www.facebook.com/events/882746235160283/

Peter A. Kopp is Assistant Professor of History at New Mexico State University, where he also served as Director of the Public History Program. He grew up in Portland, Oregon. His book Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley (University of California Press, 2016) argues that the craft beer revolution of the late twentieth century was the product of a complex global history that converged in the hop fields and scientific research centers of the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Kopp has also written articles and developed public history projects on tourism in the American West, murals and the built environment in the Southwest borderlands, and the “green” activism of the Grateful Dead. Currently, he is preparing a manuscript on Fabián García, the “father of New Mexico chile.”

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