"How Climate Change Is Threatening Your Beer"

"Climate change is making it harder to grow hops, a key ingredient in beer".

"It’s getting harder to grow coffee, tea, and grapes for wine on a hotter planet — and now researchers say, climate change may be coming for your IPA.

A new study out Tuesday found drought and higher temperatures will lead to a decrease in the quality and quantity of hops, the aromatic plants that give beer its flavor.

By 2050 in Europe, the research projects, yields for traditional aroma hops will drop by 4 to 18 percent. Production of hop acids, which are key for flavoring, will fall by 20 to 31 percent.

Hop growers are already seeing the impacts."

Maggie Penman reports for the Washington Post October 10, 2023.

Source: Washington Post, 10/12/2023