Dennis Newman is a freelance writer in Tucson, Arizona, who's written extensively about craft beer, farming and conservation. His craft beer experience includes Rogue Ales and Spirits of Oregon where he produced the quarterly Rogue Farms Crop Report. He and his wife love living in the Sonoran desert where they can look out ever day at the mountains and are regularly visited by coyotes, bobcats, deer and quail.
The mountains of southern Arizona and New Mexico are home to wild hops of the American West. You'll likely never see one unless you know where to look, and those who do know say time may be running out.
Arizona's Verde River is a valuable natural resource, but it's in trouble. But a new effort from the Nature Conservancy, Arizona craft brewers and local farmers could be the answer to the river's survival.