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Sa North Carolina moves closer to becoming a leader in the burgeoning craft beer industry, proponents seek better opportunities for local support in the manufacturing process. A principal ingredient, hops is grown almost exclusively in the Pacific Northwest. While growing conditions in much of North Carolina are not ideal for the production of hops, current research at NC State has led to the development of a new specimen of hops suited to Western North Carolina’s climate. Art Robertson, owner of Running Turtle Hops Farm in Liberty, NC notes the impact of locally grown hops as for quality and economic impact realized.