Local brewery sees promising future after hops, malt production hit hard by rain
PARSONSBURG, Md. – Tall Tales Brewery co-owner Jason Hearn says 2018 was a tough year for farmers to supply the grains and malt breweries across Delmarva depend on to create their one of a kind beers residents enjoy so much.
“We’ve seen it be much more difficult on the planting side and on the harvesting side,” said Hearn.
And Hearn says, the weather is to blame.
“When you get a lot of rain and their struggling to get tractors in and out of the field, stuff harvested, it is extremely difficult.”
Tall Tales Brewery officials say they too felt some effects of the unrelenting rain, which led to a slight increase in prices for ingredients like barley, hops, and malt.
“We’ve seen a minimal increase but they’ve been holding fairly steady,” said Hearn.
And although the cost of the products only went up a hair, it still had an impact on their beer prices for customers.
“We’ve seen a little bit of an increase in the Citra pricing, Citra is one of the main ingredients in the IPA’s,” Hearn said.
Hearn adds that even though 2018’s weather was hard for production, he’s looking on the bright side because the impact could’ve been much worse.
“It’s important to try and keep those costs fairly low so that when you’re out getting a pint of beer you’re not having to pay 20-30 percent more for a glass of beer.”
Officials also tell us that despite the rain they saw last year they’re seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. And are predicting that 2019’s production will be much more prosperous.