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May 25, 2008, 3:43 pm
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Hops shortage hitting US craft-breweries
May 25 12:55 AM US/Eastern
Like apple pie and baseball, beer has achieved favored status in
the lexicon of American traditions, with US sales of the drink
outstripping purchases of liquor and wine by billions of dollars.
But an international shortage of hops -- the ingredient that adds
aroma, body and bitterness -- is causing prices of the
agricultural commodity to soar, industry officials say.
The origins of the hops shortage are linked to an oversupply a
decade ago of the agent that provides flavors in beer that range
from fruity to woody, said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers
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Unka' George [George McDuffee]
He that will not apply new remedies,
must expect new evils:
for Time is the greatest innovator: and
if Time, of course, alter things to the worse,
and wisdom and counsel shall not alter them to the better,
what shall be the end?
Francis Bacon (1561-1626), English philosopher, essayist, statesman.
Essays, "Of Innovations" (1597-1625).