A new scientific study suggests that drought has affected regions where barley is grown, causing a steep rise in the cost of beer.
According to a paper published in the journal Nature Plants, many barley producing regions have been hard hit by the arid conditions, blamed on climate change.
While beer is the most popular drink in the world, barley is the main ingredient and when barley production is affected by heat and drought, beer producers and consumers suffer.
Researchers examined global crop and economic models to evaluate current environmental conditions, in an attempt to predict future climate scenarios.
Scientists predict that average yield losses will most likely range from 3-17%. This decline in barley production means a shortage of beer and probably a sharp increase in beer prices as well.