Reno craft beer made from local hops coming soon

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Updated: 3/17/2014 6:05 am

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno beer drinkers can start enjoying a craft beer made from hops grown locally in a couple of years.

The Reno nonprofit organization Urban Roots is planting 10 different kinds of hops to see how well they do in a high desert climate.

Urban Roots' executive director Jeff Bryan says they could be a workable alternative for farmers because hops require much less water than other crops such as alfalfa.

Bryan told the Reno Gazette-Journal that the craft beer market is growing in Reno, and the new hops will give them quality, local product.

Bryan says planting will begin in April and the hop vines will take about three years to reach maturity.

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