The Drunk Alchemist: Rise and Fall of US Barley

The Drunk Alchemist: Rise and Fall of US Barley.

Craft beer is killing the US barley industry.

The demand for american 6-row barley is collapsing. The standard american light lager that once had a stranglehold on the american beer market is losing popularity and people are instead drinking brews that derive their sugar from 2-row barley instead of corn/rice. This shift in demand put stress on the supply of barley, and the US was forced to increase its imports (mostly from Canada).