Tag Archives: prices

Game Theory and the Hop Industry

The craft beer industry everybody praises as being responsible for a renaissance in hop flavors and craft production during the past decade, is transforming the hop industry. I’m not talking about insatiable demand for new hop flavors or the ever-increasing number of hop varieties on the market. The business of the hop industry itself is […]

What the Heck do Brewers Want?

Sorry for the delay between posts.  I have to play the harvest card.  It was crazy busy for a few weeks.  Thankfully, our hops are all being pelleted now so another milestone passed.  I also just returned from Philadelphia and the Craft Supply Conference.  I gave a frank presentation about trends for the US hop […]

Harvest Half-Time Report

We’re nearing the half-way point in this year’s harvest. The hop vines are coming down all across the valley, and so are the yields. This year’s hop harvest is a good reminder that agriculture is not predictable and only somewhat controllable. Despite the way they look, hop farms aren’t factories that can produce more hops […]

Why Hop Prices are Really Rising? Opening the Kimono.

We touched briefly on this in our previous post, Greedy Growers & Dirty Dealers  However, recently an interesting article by Eric Connor in USATODAY has been making the rounds among hopheads the past days on the Twittersphere.  It claims the rise in the cost of hops is responsible for the high prices of craft beer. The […]