Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Hop shortages cause rising beer prices

It's 2008 and beer prices are going up and there's not much we can do about it. Shortages in both malts and hops are primarily to blame during the early stages of this year. Listen to local Colorado growers and brewers on their take of this recent hop shortage and higher barley prices.



Here's another video from an Indiana brewer's viewpoint:



Yet another brewer laments the growing hop shortage:



Time to grow more hops people! It only takes one big fire at a hop facility or one bad growing season to put the entire beer industry in turmoil. If more and more farmers would start to grow their own hops and sell them in the open market perhaps we could start making a dent in these inflated prices. As beer drinkers we should do all we can to support local hop growers. (Homebrewing and growing our own will help too).

Related articles:
- Higher beer prices - How will it affect you?
- How much are you paying for beer these days?

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