It may be that you have always been able to buy certain varieties on spot (off the shelf) without a problem and they have appeared readily available. Unfortunately we can no longer guarantee this position.
The number of craft breweries worldwide continues to grow and with it the amount of hops used.
Growers are planting up more hops to try and satisfy the increased demand and hopefully longer term this will solve the problem.
However, in the short term there are shortages. The best way to overcome this is to forward contract. This gives the grower an idea of the volumes we need and ensures that you are a priority for supply ahead of brewers who have not contracted.
If you are unable to contract then we will endeavour to recommend suitable substitutes. In a very difficult year though these may also be difficult to offer.