Why are hops so expensive?



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    Hops (as in those used to brew beer) have suffered the same fate as have many other crops: reduced acreage and increased demand, both of which have driven prices up. Weather also affects the growth of hops, and a long winter in the hops-heavy Pacific Northwest last year really affected availability. Seventy percent of U.S. hops are grown in Yakima, Washington, and the long winter of 2008 added to the woes begun with a big warehouse fire in 2007. Finally, the growing interest in using croplands to produce biofuels has removed acreage formerly used for growing hops.

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    Hops are more expensive now because hops and barley malts are in short supply which raises the cost tremendously for brewers.

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