Crop drop blow for beer prices
BOOZE prices in the UK are set to go through the roof due to the worst barley crop-crippling drought since 1976.
Dry weather over the winter and spring has meant huge losses to farmers and the reduced yield will hit drinkers in the pocket.
Jerry Dyson, raw materials manager at the Molson Coors brewery, said: “The very dry spring meant that the winter barley crop had a high nitrogen level, which significantly reduced its value for brewing.”
The British Beer and Pub Association said the lack of crops could lead to price rises for drinkers.
Spokesman Neil Williams said: “There is no doubt the drought will place pressure on beer prices because of the poor barley harvest.
“About 80% of the crop is grown in the UK and it accounts for between 3% and 10% of the price of a pint.”