About half an hour south of Portland, just outside of Oregon outlet mall capital Woodburn, lies Crosby Hop Farm, whose hops were used in some of this years' most successful craft beers.

Crosby Hop Farm's hops were used in beers made by 80 medal-winning craft breweries at the Great American Beer Festival in late September, the nation's premiere craft beer festival. The Portland winners who brewed with Crosby hops are The Commons Brewery's Petite Classique (bronze in Belgian-and-French-Style Ale), Old Town Brewing's Shanghai'd IPA (gold in English-Style India Pale Ale), Laurelwood's Eazy Duz It IIPA (silver in Imperial India Pale Ale, and Fat Head Brewery Portland's Blitzkrieg Bock (gold in Rye Beer).

Crosby Hop Farm kindly let me take a tour of their farm and processing facility back in the height of hop harvest season in late August. Our extremely accurate diagram of the hop harvesting and brewing process is largely based on my trip. Congratulations to Crosby, the Portland winners, and everyone else who took a medal at the Great American Beer Festival.