"Trouble Brewing" for American beer drinkers, says the Economist: As farmers in the Pacific Northwest turn to more lucrative crops like corn, hop production in the region has dropped by 50 percent in the past decade. Small craft breweries and microbreweries have been forced to raise prices or shut down production, and even industry giant Anheuser-Busch has upped the price of a six-pack.
Good and fucking hooray. This is only the latest article I've seen in a string all talking about how the price of beer and other alcohols has become to shoot through the roof, at least at the manufacturer level. I can only hope it's just a matter of time before they pass the price along to consumers and we see a good spike in prices.
There are many reasons to cheer an increase in beer prices. I could quote the benefits from a scientific point of view, but I'm sure no one really wants to hear me talk shop. Besides, it's been ages now since I've dickered with drug abuse research and it's just as well I don't put a paddle back into that particular lake. Forget about all the health and societal benefits, and some of it just comes down to the fact that I loathe beer. It's vile and noxious and each time I've sampled it, I've never failed to regret it. Since it seems it's hard to get politicians to tax it, considering the huge block of americans who swill it at every oppertunity, it's nice to know that there's a price hike a commin'.
From what I've read, I'm not really a huge fan of cropland going to corn and then to ethanol, but it has to be better than hops and beer. I guess it's just as well that I never really tried to become an alcoholic. I had genetics working against me anyway.