Washington,Oregon, Idaho..........major production areas in the US.
Recently read that State of NC looking into planting/ cultivating in the western part of the state (after experiencing the hop shortage).
How long might it take to become a viable production area and what might be the expectation for the hop characteristics grown in this area.....or would the growing environment impact greatly the flavor profile of the hop......?
The general consensus is that hops take about 3 years to mature to full potential. The growing conditions will have an effect on flavor, but I don't think the major concern about growing hops on the east coast is about flavor profile, but has more to do with growing conditions that lead to disease - mostly downy mildew - which seems to be the major reason why hop growers abondoned the east coast in the first place.