The demand for ethanol is raising the price of beer.
Fuel, aluminum and glass prices have been going up quickly over a period of several years. Barley and wheat prices have skyrocketed as more farmers plant corn to meet increasing demand for ethanol, while others plant feed crops to replace acres lost to corn.
This has put pressure on small independent breweries.
Guys, the reason why ethanol is so hot is because of the first presidential caucus in Iowa. Even in non-election years politicians visit Iowa years before campaign start to soften the ground, and all of them kiss the ring of the Corn Baal.
If Florida had the first caucus we'd be gassing up with OJ.
Taking the food we eat and the beer we drink and pour it down our gas tanks?