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November/December 2021

Raw Materials Issue

For the November/December 2021 The New Brewer, we present our annual Raw Materials issue. In this issue, we take a closer look at the barley and hops harvests from the U.S. and around the world. U.S. hop acreage was once again at record levels, while U.S. barley production declined significantly, with potential quality issues due to heat stress. Hops guru Stan Hieronymus discusses “hop terroir” and the differences that locality provides, while Dave Thomas outlines how brewers can adjust to the myriad quality issues from this year’s barley crop. Stephanie Grant examines the various supply chain issues currently affecting brewers.

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Raw Materials Issue

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2021 World Barley and Hops Harvest

A comprehensive look at the 2021 hops and barley harvests. The U.S. again saw record acreage for hops, while U.S. barley production saw steep declines.

Raw Materials Issue

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The New Brewer: Raw Materials Issue

Hop Terroir

Most brewers think first about hop variety. However, recent research into the influence of locality on the character of hops supports broader conversations.

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The New Brewer: Raw Materials Issue

Adjusting to Malt Quality Issues

Most beer drinkers expect brewers to cancel out any surprises that Mother Nature lays on this year’s barley crop, so that their favorite beer tastes the same as it always does.

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The New Brewer: Raw Materials Issue

Brewers Navigate Supply Chain Disruptions

From obtaining malt to sourcing aluminum cans, American craft breweries are experiencing shortages, delays, and longer lead times affecting operations.

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