If you spend much time reading blogs about beer, this probably isn’t the first time you heard this, but none-the-less: there’s a hop shortage and the hop shortage sucks – mostly. Why is there a hop shortage? Well, you’ll find more information from here. But suffice it to say, there had been a surplus of hops for the past several years, causing prices to plummet and farmers to rip up their hops in search of more profitable crops. The surplus is gone and now fewer farmers are growing hops. Larger interests (read beer’s equivalent of ‘The Man’) saw this coming and contracted their hop supplies. This leaves a very small supply for the rest of us, and that mostly sucks.
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