The storied past and tenuous future of Idaho's beer barons
By Nicholas Collias
"It's hard to explain this all the way it is right now, but you get the idea," says Mike Gooding of Wilder as we tour the warehouses where he has processed his hop harvest for the last 25 years. Gooding, a fifth-generation hop grower and president of the Idaho Hop Grower's Association, doesn't take long to lead me through the buildings. In spring, they are dark, quiet and contain little more than limp metal thresher arms, industrial fans and a few hop blossoms that missed being hauled away with last year's crop.
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