hop-ocalypse in europe!

if you love beer more than all of your family and friends combined, like me, things are looking very bad in europe right now.

all i can do is hope that this doesn’t send the price of ALL beer soaring. some beer relies more on hops than others (india pale ales, for instance), and those tend to be the beers i like the least.

but ALL beer uses hops, so this could send brew fans like me digging a little deeper to enjoy good beer. on the other hand, it’s possible that this will force big brewers like sam adams (who rely on bavarian hops exclusively) to look into options which are closer to home. i simply won’t believe that in a country as large as america, that we can’t turn out hops that, while not steeped in tradition, are just as good for steeping in beer.

microbrewers here in the u.s. stopped looking over their shoulder at europe years ago, and rightly so. it’s hard to beat belgium for beer, but was it any less hard for california to unseat france in the wine department?

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  1. I’m a big fan of testing fresh hops. Anyone know where I could get some online? I can’t find anywhere that they’re not dated.

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