It’s what is known as the “spice” of beer. Although originally introduced to brewing as a preservative, hops today are prized more for their aroma and flavor as well as their drying, sometimes biting, bitterness. From a brewer’s perspective, they are nothing less than essential.And today, hops are in short supply—seriously short supply. You may already have heard about this. News organizations from NPR to the Los Angeles Times have all run stories on the current hop crisis, ...

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