27 December 2007

Hop and Malt prices hit home

Someone please explain to me how it costs $8 to ship 3 pounds of malt from Columbia, MD to Hanover, PA (roughly 50 miles) but it costs $20 to ship a 55-pound sack of Munich malt from Champlain, NY to Hanover PA (roughly 500 miles). Unfortunately it would probably cost me $8 in gas to drive to Columbia, MD and back. But there definitely isn't a direct relationship there.

At any rate, the effects of the price hike in malt and hops due to several agroeconomical factors is already being felt. Take for instance Northern Brewer's footnote on hops, and the outright unavailability listed on their hops page. "Temporarily Out of Stock" is a recurring sight on MoreBeer's page as well.

It's definitely going to be a rough year. Hopefully we'll have enough beer to cry in...

3 comments:

Nate B. said...

Happy New Year to you as well keith!!

Freak said...

I feel for you dude. We are lucky in Des Moines, IA. We have a place we can buy bags of grain for 45-55 bucks. Briess is 45 and Marris Otter is 55. Sorry man. Sucks to be you! He He! Just kidding. By the way, I put a link to your site on our blog. Check out www.freakbrothershomebrew.blogspot.com

Freak Out and Brew On!

Travis said...

I agree that it hits home. I don't mind lack of availability, but we did an IPA and spent like $20+ on hops alone. Our hops bill was as much as our grain bill.