New Brunswick

Maritime beer prices will likely rise

Maritime beer lovers will likely need to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for some of their favourite local products as two brewers say their prices will go up by the end of the summer.

Maritime beer lovers will likely need to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for some of their favourite local products as two brewers say their prices will go up by the end of the summer.

The prices of some beer ingredients, such as barley, are up 30 per cent because of bad weather last summer.

Shaun Fraser of Moncton's Pumphouse Brewery said the rise in the cost of oil is the bigger issue for his brewery.

"Everything is tied around the almighty oil. It's all got to move around. We don't grow [the ingredients] in the backyard here so they have to come from other parts of the country, the continent, the world," Fraser said.

"Oil prices drive everything up."

Fraser said he expects NB Liquor will call a price review soon. Provincial authorities set the price of alcohol for retailers.

Brian Titus of the Garrison Brewery in Halifax said that company expects a 25 to 50 cent surcharge on a six pack of beer in the coming months.