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Growers harvest hops for beer production

If you've ever wondered what hops look like before being processed for beer, here are some images from this year's harvest in Washington state. 

Gordon King / Yakima Herald-Republic via AP

Marisol Brito cuts hop vines at the base as she works harvesting hops at the Puterbaugh Farms in Mabton, Wash. Aug. 30, 2011. Once the vines are cut, a combine follows her and completes the harvest process.

Gordon King / Yakima Herald-Republic via AP

Josh Frank distributes hops as they're dumped into a truck following a harvesting combine Aug. 30, 2011 at the Puterbaugh Farms in Mabton, Wash. The hops being harvested are the Columbus variety and may be sold to a hops merchant or directly to a brewery or brewer through the website hopsdirect.com.

Here's a brief story about the harvest, and another about a hops producer selling to craft beer makers.