...Peter Hahn, director of the German Brewers' Federation, said the popularity of biofuel crops has also led to a drop in the farming of barley because farmers get double the subsidies for biofuel. The result: the price for a ton of malt has doubled this year.
From Der Spiegel
Climateer Investing had a post on the German beer crisis back in May with commentary on the geo-political ramifications. A couple exerpts:
"Beer prices are a very emotional issue in Germany ..."
"Shut up. You've got your beer, haven't you?"
Hermann Goering during the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch