The Willamette Valley has a long history with growing hops, one of the key ingredients in beer: Local farmers planted the region's first hops in the 1860s, Oregon became the top hop-growing state in the nation by 1905, and in the 1930s, Polk County was known as the "Hop Center of the World."
You’ll still see hop fields around the mid-Willamette Valley today—including at Crosby Hop Farm, which in 2020 opened TopWire Hop Project in the middle of one of its hop fields.
The beer garden centers around a converted shipping container that features nearly a dozen taps of regional craft beers and ciders—all using hops grown in the surrounding fields. In essence, that means it’s possible to sip a crisp IPA or hearty stout in view of where its ingredients were grown.
TopWire is open weekends between May and October, and while the views are always enchanting, hop bines grow to 10 feet or higher by late August and enclose the beer garden in a veritable wall of hops. A food truck is on site most days, delivery is available from Luis's Taqueria in nearby Woodburn, and a variety of light snacks are available from the main bar.