Apparently climate change is set to harm beer production.
Climate change could cut supplies of beer or make Australians' favourite brews more expensive, a climate scientist has warned.
Linking the two are the effect climate change may have on the production of a key grain needed for beer - especially in Australia.
Jim Salinger, a climate scientist at New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, said climate change will probably cause a decline in the production of malting barley in parts of New Zealand and Australia. Malting barley is a key ingredient of beer.
"It will mean either there will be pubs without beer or the cost of beer will go up," Salinger told the Institute of Brewing and Distilling convention.
This is pretty bad. I mean, global warming etc is bad in itself, yes, we all know that. But pubs with no beer? That's just... just criminal!
All is not lost, however, as much of New Zealand's (and other countries', too) prime barley growing land is currently taken up by dairy.
Read said as well as climate change, barley growers were competing with other forms of land use.
In the past two years pressure on cropping land in New Zealand had increased with the expansion of the dairy industry, fuelled by major international dairy commodity prices rises.
In other word, the more dairy that is consumed the less land there is for BEER PRODUCTION! The more beer that is consumed the less land there is for dairy. This is a no-brainer for me. Don't drink dairy, drink beer.
Drink beer! Save a cow! It's my new motto, I think.