Hops Jump

Higher beer prices are brewing as a hops shortage and other cost pressures begin to take their toll at retail. Beer prices started climbing about three months ago at Jungle Jim's International Market, Fairfield, Ohio. Microbrews now cost consumers about $1 more per six-pack, while domestics are up about 50 cents, said spirits operations manager Ed Vinson. The prices of European imports are also up.

Higher beer prices are brewing as a hops shortage and other cost pressures begin to take their toll at retail.

Beer prices started climbing about three months ago at Jungle Jim's International Market, Fairfield, Ohio. Microbrews now cost consumers about $1 more per six-pack, while domestics are up about 50 cents, said spirits operations manager Ed Vinson. The prices of European imports are also up.

Vinson has voiced concern about the prices to his beer distributors, who have r

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