Will this curtail Oregon’s beer consumption?

Beer

In today’s Oregonian, there’s an article on the increased cost of hops and barley and its impact on area craft brewers. In short, the cost of these ingredients has jumped significantly within the past year due to low supply and high demand.

The story notes that we beerdrinkers should get used to paying more for a pint at the local pub or that six-pack from the supermarket for years to come.

Even if it means increased prices and/or reducing the availability of certain beers, I hope our favorite craft brewers can make it through this.

13 Comments so far

  1. brewcaster (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 11:05 am

    Lord knows I am doing all I can to support them. I have never drank so much beer(college included) until I moved here.


  2. beerProbe (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 11:48 am

    hmm, that would be silly if the price increased too dramatically, beer should be cheap, it’s just beer after all


  3. chris (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

    $0.25-$0.50/pint increase seems like a tolerable amount for craft beer but it’s an interesting example of what energy demands (ie. corn over malt production) can do to our food chain supply.


  4. PLM (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

    Are the hops and barley being exported to China, causing the shortage? If so, it’s just another reason to boycott Chinese goods. ;-) Actually it looks like some farmers need to be convinced to go back to growing hops and barley. Maybe a co-op with craft brewers and farmers?


  5. Aaron B. Hockley (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 2:44 pm

    I think the price of gasoline has shown that folks will pay more for things they like, even when the price goes up.


  6. Lady (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 4:27 pm

    I’m not much of a beer drinker but I would observe that when prices go up and taxes increase (especially if one has the audacity to own a home) Portland’s liveability rah-rah comes into question.


  7. Random Citizen (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

    Lady, I’m not following your logic. There’s a worldwide shortage of barley and hops. I’m not sure how that calls into question Portland’s overall livability. As Aaron mentioned, people will make adjustments in their lifestyle as needed to accommodate the things they want more…whether it’s fuel for their car or a good beer for their belly.


  8. Lady (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 5:03 pm

    Not to reduce this to an e-mail conversation but I was simply mentioning that when cost of living outweighs value folks tend to question if they’re living in the right place or not. Prices of everything are on the table for that question.


  9. Dodg Ram (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 12:22 am

    I think it was kptv 12 at 5:00pm they said that oregon hops went from $2.00 a pound last year to $14.00 a pound this year. As for me my favorite brew it’s hefeweizen and I hope the price don’t go up too high.


  10. gaile (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 9:45 am

    Hey maybe this will encourage brewers to start making beer from sorghum and rice, so those of us forced to live a life free of wheat and barley can partake of a local brew!


  11. The Guilty Carnivore (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 11:34 am

    There’s a scarcity because farmers are growing corn for ethanol (instead of other crops) in a feeble attempt to satisfy the wet-dream that we can replace oil and run our cars, 18-wheelers, jet airplanes, and lawn mowers forever.


  12. Dodge Ram (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 12:55 pm

    Hay gaile you said “maybe this will encourage brewers to start making beer from sorghum and rice” they do it’s called “budwiser”


  13. dieselboi (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 3:27 pm

    Lady does have a point about choices. As people realize the increase in cost, even by $.50, they will begin to choose the cheaper product. That will inevitably be the Macro brews who can handle the hit of more expensive hops.

    One thing I hope this does is to weed out the macro-micro brews. The items on the shelf that are just Budweiser repackaged as “Amber.” Every macrobrew giant has some “indie” label they tout as a craft beer when it is just the same swill as the other stuff they sell.



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