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Craft Brewers Are Battling a Hops Shortage

Hops: They're delightful. They give beer its bitter snap and create those lovely piney, citrusy aromas in your India pale ale. Unfortunately, farmers apparently can't produce enough of the little green flowers to keep up with the demand from the ever-growing number of American breweries. And according to the Wall Street Journal, that shortage is one factor slowing down the rise of craft beer sales—which last year increased 8 percent, “ending six years of double-digit growth.
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