Blame Canada.

Washington DC, Sep. 24, 2014 — To do this weekend: Buy as much beer as you can carry, because prices are about to skyrocket. According to Reuters, Canada — which is the world’s second-largest exporter of malting barley — has harvested its “smallest crop since 1968.” Cold, wet weather this year has lead to mass amounts of damage to the Canadian barley crop. Not only is the Canadian crop short this year, the American crop is small too: Farmers are expected to grow around 192.7 million bushels of barley this year, which is the smallest amount in three years. The European Union, Australia, and Argentina are also expecting smaller harvests this year due to inclement weather.

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