Climate change seems like a distant concern to the brewing industry in the middle of a global pandemic. But the impacts could be both more severe and much longer lasting.
Global brewers such as Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors are all investing heavily in finding new drought- and heat-resistant hops and barley, but small-scale brewers are less equipped to deal with the challenges posed by the changing climate. “Sustainability does not just mean doing the right thing,” Chris Swersey, a supply chain specialist and competition manager for the Brewers Association says in an article in Great Washington. “Sustainability literally means that. How am I going to contribute to the ongoing sustainability of my business? You know, the existence of my business?”
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