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Rising Beer Prices Hard To Swallow

Artist Jeff Foye savors the bitter flavor and floral aromas that emanate from a well-crafted beer. Lately, the San Pedro resident has experienced an unexpected sensation when he reaches for a brew — the unpleasant taste of rising prices. A worldwide shortage of hops — a key ingredient for the pale ales Foye likes so much — and rising prices for malted barley have pushed up the cost of imbibing a tall cold one. These days, he’s paying $9.99 a six-pack, about 40% more than a year ago, for such California-crafted favorites as Union Jack India Pale Ale brewed by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. of Paso Robles and Racer 5 made by Bear Republic Brewing Co. of Cloverdale. For the full story visit http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-beer18apr18,1,6987015.story

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