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Hot weather is now affecting Belgian beer, too

From the CBC

One of the most renowned Belgian beer brewers said Friday it is a victim of climate change because increasingly high temperatures have shortened the brewing season by about a month compared with the 1950s.

The Cantillon gueuze brewery needs to cool its hot brew in open tanks so that the natural yeasts in the air can help produce the sour beer that has developed a niche following throughout the world. However, with temperatures staying as high as 15 C at night during the past days, Cantillon has stopped brewing since it doesn’t want to use artificial refrigeration.

“It is totally abnormal. We have those night temperatures in the summer and with such a temperature it is totally impossible to brew,” Cantillon brewer Jean Van Roy said.

Scientists say the global average temperature has risen by about 0.8 degrees C since the industrial revolution.

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