Brothers move from hop farming to distribution

Gail Oberst/For the Capital Press Brothers Bruce, left, and Derek Wolf operate Willamette Hops in St. Paul, Ore.

Bruce Wolf and his younger brother Derek operate Willamette Hops in an old barn just a few yards from the house where they were raised. In fields surrounding the office near St. Paul, Ore., hop vines are showing signs of life.

The company’s simple offices mask the rapidly growing business the brothers have built to supply local and international hops to Oregon brewers.

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