Climate Change Threatens Beer Production

As if enough of you didn’t already consider global warming to be a serious threat, it turns out climate change will probably have a negative effect on the production of malting barley, a key ingredient of beer providing the tasty hops that make it drinkable, in regions where it’s primarily grown like Australia and New Zealand.

Which means if you want booze in the future you will have to shell out more than you do for this:

Cry about it!

ABC News: Global Warming = Expensive Beer

[EDIT] Comments drop some agrarian knowledge: production of hops used to flavor beer is also threatened by climate change, possibly meaning more money for crappier beer. How’s that for bittering hops? Harrrr.

8 thoughts on “Climate Change Threatens Beer Production

  1. Jacon

    Haha – I didn’t even notice that. People are idiots, huh? Too bad there is a shortage of both….

  2. Jacon

    Haha – I didn’t even notice that. People are idiots, huh? Too bad there is a shortage of both….

  3. Marianna

    “malting barley, a key ingredient of beer providing the tasty hops that make it drinkable”barley =/= hops

  4. Marianna

    “malting barley, a key ingredient of beer providing the tasty hops that make it drinkable”

    barley =/= hops

  5. Jacon

    Hops’ prices are through the roof as well, alas. In the meantime, however, you could join the Wesleyan Homebrewing Club. Email is wesleyan.homebrew@gmail.com if you’re interested.All are welcome, but only 21 yr olds get to keep the beer brewed.

  6. Jacon

    Hops’ prices are through the roof as well, alas.

    In the meantime, however, you could join the Wesleyan Homebrewing Club. Email is wesleyan.homebrew@gmail.com if you’re interested.

    All are welcome, but only 21 yr olds get to keep the beer brewed.

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