We're Hoppin Mad. Are You Hoppin Mad.

From the Federal Register:

Hops (Humulus lupulus). Hops was petitioned for use as a non-organic
agricultural ingredient in or on processed products labeled as
‘‘organic.’’ Hops are a primary ingredient used in brewing beer. Several
varieties of hops are used in the manufacture of beer products. Although
the final brewing product is regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco &
Firearms, hops are processed and packaged according to FDA (21 CFR
110), Current Good Manufacturing Practice in Manufacturing, Packing or
Holding Human Food. As used for the brewing process, hops form varieties
include whole hops, hop pellets, hop powder pellets, modified hop powder
pellets or hops extract. Hops contribute unique flavors and aroma to brewing,
and may serve as a natural stabilizer.  While hops are grown in diverse
agricultural regions, hop varieties vary in flavor and aroma characteristics, and
are selected based upon the unique characteristics contributed to brewing.
Due to these unique characteristics that are contributed to a specific brewing
process, brewers cannot interchange hop varieties should a selected variety
be commercially unavailable without significant changes in the final product.
At its March 27–29, 2007, meeting in Washington, DC, the NOSB
recommended adding hops to the National List for use in organic handling
as a non-organic agricultural ingredient where the organic form of hops is
considered commercially unavailable.  In this open meeting, the NOSB
evaluated hops against evaluation criteria established by 7 U.S.C. 6517 and
6518 of the OFPA and NOP criteria (72 FR 2167) on commercial availability,
received public comment, and concluded that hops is consistent with
OFPA evaluation criteria and NOP commercial availability criteria.
Therefore, in response to the NOSB recommendation regarding the use of
hops in organic handling, the Secretary proposes to amend § 205.606 of the
National List regulations to allow hops as a non-organically produced
agricultural product allowed as an ingredient in or on processed products
labeled as ‘‘organic.’’