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Rutgers University is doing a two-year study on the best ways to grow and analyze hops. The researchers hope that this will elevate hops to the same level as the Garden State’s other crops – like tomatoes, cranberries, and blueberries.

“I think it is very much a fledgling industry now. There are only a handful of us,” said Byrtus, who co-founded Oast House Hop Farm in Wrightstown four years ago. “It’s hugely beneficial anytime Rutgers puts it name on something. It lends credibility to what we’re doing.”

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