ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque is home to some great breweries and craft beers, but next time you pour or crack-open a cold one, you might have to pay more because the price of hops is going up.
Hops give beer its flavor and aroma with craft brewers using about five times the amount of hops than normal beer.
“Hops are an extremely important part of the beer. It’s a very important flavoring component,” said Kelly Taylor of Kelso Brewery.
In the past 10 years, the number of craft breweries in the U.S. has skyrocketed, including in Albuquerque where there’s talk about making the area east of I-25 near Comanche a brewery district.
The national average for a cost of hops has doubled since 2004.
Most hops are grown in the northwest, but there’s been so much demand for hops some local breweries have their own hop farms.