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Clark County’s craft brewers adjust to keep beer, profits flowing

Taprooms reinvent themselves to keep sales brisk, absorb rising cost of malt

By Rachel Pinsky for The Columbian
Published: January 28, 2023, 6:05am
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Michael Perozzo of Vice Beer, right, lends a hand as cans of the craft brewery's "Not Getting Any Younger" beer are packaged in southeast Vancouver on Wednesday morning. Local brewers are trying to find ways to cope with rising raw materials costs, including a 30 percent increase in the price of malt.
Michael Perozzo of Vice Beer, right, lends a hand as cans of the craft brewery's "Not Getting Any Younger" beer are packaged in southeast Vancouver on Wednesday morning. Local brewers are trying to find ways to cope with rising raw materials costs, including a 30 percent increase in the price of malt. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Clark County’s craft brewers are bucking a nationwide trend of increasing costs and declining sales, but they’re still being forced to rethink their business plans and are taking a cue from coffee shops as a possible future path.

Key to local challenges is a 30 percent increase in the price of malt, an essential element in every glass of beer.

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