Peter A. Kopp
Peter Kopp is a Ph.D. candidate in environmental history at the University of Nevada, Reno. His dissertation, "Hop Country: The Evolution of an Oregon Specialty Crop," examines the relationship between cultural practices and nature. He has recently published in Green Theory and Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy and The Nevada Society Historical Quarterly.
Hops are perennial, cone-producing, climbing plants native to Europe, Asia, and North America. While originally cultivated for ornamental or medicinal purposes over a thousand years ago, brewers across Europe began to use hops to flavor and preserve beer by the fifteenth century. The practice continues to the present as brewers …