This segment covers the sourcing of ingredients – primarily hops. Hop contracting is covered along with some speculation that malt may become more difficult to source a consistent product. Then the panel discusses the importance of water for making quality craft beer.
Moderator Tim Wilson [The Duluth Experience] poses the question “What are some of the most difficult ingredients to source and why?”
The panel discusses the difficulty in securing some hop varieties and how breweries will help each other out if a particular desired hop becomes difficult to obtain. They then speculate on the future of malt sourcing and describe the significance of Lake Superior to the local craft beer scene.
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