You may remember a couple of months ago I signed up as a guest host for the New Books Network, Environmental Studies channel, and I interviewed Dr. Ryan Fischer, author of Cattle Colonialism. Well, I’ve done a new interview, and it’s a lot of fun. I’ve now interviewed Dr. Peter A. Kopp, Associate Professor at New Mexico State University, about his 2016 book Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley which is a really interesting look at the history of hops and beer-making.
Hoptopia is an amazing book…an environmental history for people who would never in a million years pick up an environmental history book! If you ever wondered how Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest got to be “Beervana” in terms of craft brewing, Hoptopia explains it, from the initial planting of hops in the mid-19th century to the development of the brew pub and modern beer culture in the 1980s and 1990s. It was a real pleasure to interview Dr. Kopp, and a lot of fun to read his book. Do check out the interview.
My periodic guest stints on the New Books Network are in addition to my usual historical podcast, Second Decade.