SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A main ingredient in beer-making has reached record prices, and that means the price of your favorite brew will likely head higher.
Increased demand for craft beer, combined with a worldwide shortage has pushed the crop’s price up to $14 per pount, leaving a bitter taste with many brewers.READ MORE: Bicyclist Killed In Fall At Oakland's Shepherd Canyon Park
“It’ll go up maybe $80, or $100 per batch, and that translates into a more expensive keg. And, if the kegs are more expensive, it’s harder to compete,” Mike Schnabeck, of Fort Point Beer in San Francisco said.READ MORE: Sabrina Spellman Makes An Appearance On The CW's Riverdale; Kiernan Shipka Reveals 'Fans Will Get Some Clarity'
The number of craft breweries is up 15-percent since last year.MORE NEWS: Christmas Tree At Oakland's Jack London Square Catches Fire; Arson Investigation Underway
Also adding to demand, more people are brewing their own beer at home.