When the second heat wave of summer hit the Northwest in August, Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a 10-day state of emergency. Temperatures exceeded 100°F (38°C) for several consecutive days; they broke the records, if an earlier stretch of abnormally hot weather hadn’t already shattered them in late June. On June 28, Portland hit 116°F (47°C), melting power cables, while Seattle reached 108°F (42°C). Parts of Interstate 5, the highway linking the two cities, buckled in the heat.
Meanwhile, the heat dome that settled over the Pacific Northwest wreaked havoc on the region’s many orchards, farms, and vineyards.
In short, a scorching summer is anything but good news for fans of berries and cherries. It’s also a potential complication for breweries that have one or more fruited beers in their portfolio and have had more challenges than usual this year in sourcing their desired fruits.