Brewers are seeing the impacts of climate change on essential ingredients for beer. Unusual temperatures and precipitation are damaging crops like barley and hops while water resources are stressed by drought or polluted by algae blooms and wildfires, as explained in this episode with Katie Wallace, Director of Social and Environmental Impact at New Belgium Brewing. This led New Belgium to brew Torched Earth, a take on how bad beer could taste in a future with unchecked climate change. Katie also talks about Fat Tire becoming the first carbon neutral beer in North America, consumer demand for sustainability, and ways that brewers are improving water efficiency and engaging in stewardship in watersheds.
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