But first: the closest thing you'll get to Real News from us this week! As some of you may have heard (or more likely not, since you probably don't spend your whole day reading beer news like some of us do), there's a bit of a hop shortage goin' around these days. Rumor has it that this won't be as bad as the Big Hop Scare of '07, but it's still gonna put the squeeze on a lot of people who don't have a good supply locked down. I won't bore you with much detail about how the hop industry works, but most Big Boy Breweries buy contracts for their hops, often 5+ years in advance. And even if we could predict our future sales that far in advance (we can't), we're small enough that when we try to contract for hops we basically just get laughed at, which has made things a little tense around here. But never fear! We just ordered a whole shitload of state-grown hop goodness from our friends at Four Star Farms! Maybe even two shitloads! So not only will we be able to keep you fine folks in IPAs for a good long while, we'll be doing it with hops grown right down the road (it's a long road).
**This paragraph may have broken my previous record for Most Consecutive Exclamation Points.
***I say "probably" in this case because we kinda forgot to ask him for permission to hang it in a public place. I don't entirely know the rules on that, but in general we prefer not to piss off artists that we like (especially since we've already weirded out a couple of them).
****Wait, that kind of makes it sound like the comic itself is hairy. Gross.