The media has finally reported on this very important problem.
"Hops have more than doubled over the last year, and I haven't seen increases like that in my 25 years. And malted barley, which is the biggest component of beer, has more than doubled as well so we've got everything coming at us in all directions," Jim Brickman of the Kitchener, Ont.-based Brick Brewing Company, told CTV's Canada AM.
That, combined with slower than expected sales in May and June, means a perfect storm may be brewing for higher prices.
I don't mean to depress you on a Friday, just as you are leaving work to go for a cold one, but it's coming to a beer store near you. Luckily I have five gallons of homemade raspberry wine brewing right now, the raspberries are from my backyard so the only expense is the sugar, and yes, expect that to go up in price too!
You might not care about global warming (I'm wearing a sweater today), or the price of gas (which went down to 130.9 at the pump today) but beer, you really should care about the price of beer. I had a graph in one of my posts that correlated rising global temperature with the increase in beer consumption. If the price of beer increases so that consumption drops, expect lower temperatures to follow.
Something has to be done about this disaster!