I am not sure that the consumer really cares, but I feel that the crunch on hops and grains that brewers are facing could possibly be the beginning of the quality of beer decreasing. Of'course the large brewers will not be affected as most of them use rice and a very small amount of hops to make their beers. It is the small brewers who will be faced with financial crunches. In a few years, I believe that small companies will be forced to use other cheaper materials as a bittering agent, like chemical flavorings. I hope this is not the case and will not happen.
At NLBC , we will stick to and always be brewing beer with real ingredients and never use chemicals. Real ingredients for real beer! Stay tuned for what is on tap at the brewhouse.