IPA Lovers Beware: Beer Prices Could Skyrocket Next Year Thanks to Drought

July 26, 2015

Washington State’s parched hop farms could take a hit this year.

As a devastating drought rages on in California, hitting both restaurants and breweries hard, Washington State is facing its own water challenges. In May, Washington’s governor Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought and NBC reports that could impact your craft beer budget.

According to the USDA, Washington farmers produce 73 percent of the United States’ hops — that green bud used to flavor beer. Yet the state’s main hop growing region, the Yakima Basin, is also one of the most hard-hit areas for water restrictions. “Every grower is going to have crop…