Staff Reporter 

Putting hope into hops


October 19, 2023

Sean Mortimer

Bill Pennington stands in his hop yard on Sept. 18.

When you think of commercial crops grown in the Big Horn Basin, you most likely think of sugarbeets, barley, alfalfa, corn or beans.

Bill Pennington is looking to add hops to this list.

His company, Hillcrest Hops, is still in its infancy – having their hops' first brew just last month – but Pennington believes there will come a day when he provides for himself solely with his bitter crop.

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