Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Beer drinkers beware: 4 percent of U.S. hops crop burns

From AP via CNN:

YAKIMA, Washington (AP) -- Federal investigators were set Tuesday to begin an investigation into a fire that ruined about 4 percent of America's yield of hops, used as flavoring in the brewing of beer and ale.

The fire started shortly before noon Monday in a 40,000-square-foot (3,600-square-meter) warehouse operated by S.S. Steiner Inc., one of the four largest hop buyers in the Yakima Valley of central Washington. By mid-afternoon flames engulfed most of the building, sending up plumes of smoke and a pungent aroma.

[I had a link to the original article, but it no longer exists.]

Thanks to Michael Feekart for the link!

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