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27-11-2015, 10:17
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Pete Brown wrote this week about the likely impact of a shortage of American hops (http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/Drinks/Beer/How-hoppy-craft-beer-is-set-to-change):This year, the global hop harvest is on average between 30-40% down on what it should be. Every day, Charles Faram gets a call from another UK craft brewer asking for Cascade, Chinook, Citra and Nelson Sauvin, because those are the varieties used in successful craft beers right now. Many of these callers are going to be disappointed.
When we interviewed Peter Elvin, the enigmatic character behind the Penzance Brewing Company at the Star Inn in Crowlas, last Saturday, he said:
I use a blend of different hops in all my beers so that, if one of them disappears, it’s less important. I try to keep a stock in so that I can phase a hop out over ten or fourteen brews, too, so it’s not so jarring. But Trink is predominantly Citra, and there ain’t no Citra, so that’s on the way out.
So, there you have it: the hop shortage isn’t just abstract chat — it’s actually going to mean that one of our top beers of 2015 is no longer available.
On the upside, maybe Andy Parker has a point:

Prediction: 2016 will be year of the malt and malt-led styles.
— Andy Parker (@tabamatu) November 19, 2015 (https://twitter.com/tabamatu/status/667462147262259200)

It’s certainly good news that Mr Elvin has made his increasingly impressive dark mild a regular on the bar at the Star Inn during the course of this year.
There’ll be more from Peter Elvin in our #BeeryLongreads piece on 18 December (http://boakandbailey.com/2015/11/another-round-of-beerylongreads-18-dec-2015/).
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