New studies show that the quantity and quality of European hops, known for giving beer its flavor, both decline with warmer weather on the continent.
With warmer, longer summers expected in the coming years and decades, a sunny day in a pub garden may be a thing of the past, as the taste of beer is expected to get worse and its price is expected to rise.
As the BBC reports, between 1995 and 2018 we have already seen a 20% decline in hops in key areas. By 2050, bitter acids could decrease by another 31%. Farmers are working to adjust their growing practices, but we will likely continue to see higher costs and lower quality in the coming years. Truly, the end times are near.