October 03, 2006

Now The Terrorists Have Won

A fire in Washington consumed about 4% of the National stock of Hops used in brewing beer.
The fire started shortly before noon Monday in a 40,000-square-foot (3,600-square-meter) warehouse operated by S.S. Steiner Inc., one of the four largest hop buyers in the Yakima Valley of central Washington. By mid-afternoon flames engulfed most of the building, sending up plumes of smoke and a pungent aroma.

Based on an industry official's estimate of the quantity of hops in the warehouse, the loss could amount to $3.5 million to $4 million. The impact on brewers and beer prices was unclear early Tuesday.

The United States produces 24 percent of the world's hops, and about three-fourths of the U.S. crop comes from the Yakima Valley. Hops were a $77 million crop in Washington state in 2004. More than 40 families grow hops in the valley, which is dotted with orchards, vineyards and farms.

No one was in the warehouse when the fire started, Riel said.(LINK)

If you need me, I'll be hoarding my "Supplies"...


  1. I second that Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!