Canada’s largest breweries increased beer prices at the beginning of the month. While the amount of the increase varies by the beer, Labatt has raised prices by around 1.4 per cent. Brewers say the increase is a result of increasing costs. “Prices have skyrocketed over the past year in barley, hops, aluminum and energy, all essential commodities used in the making and packaging of beer,” said Stéphanie Trudeau, VP public affairs for Labatt Quebec. “In particular, there is currently a global shortage of hops, and as a result, hops prices have risen dramatically,” she said. The increasing costs of gas and energy, used in the production and distribution of beer have also helped push the price up. “All our consumers are reminded every time they go to the gas pumps that energy costs have risen significantly as well,” said Trudeau.