(YAHOO NEWS) – We have endured no shortage of shortages recently. There was toilet paper and computer chips, followed by tampons and baby formula. Could the next shortage involve beer?
The potential arises as beer makers, big and small, are under pressure from a confluence of inflation and several supply chain issues. Some breweries have found it challenging to get carbon dioxide (CO2), which is used to clean tanks and carbonate beer. When they do get it, the price is often higher, sometimes twice what they used to pay. Also rising: the price of other ingredients such as malted barley and the cost to ship that and other products.
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All this could lead to higher beer prices. And, it could result in some of your favorite beers being out of stock or not on tap.