Brandonconomy: Beer Shortages Could Be Coming

No worries, Biden is heading to New Castle, Delaware today, after having a nice concert featuring Elton John Friday night. He’s on the ball and will take care of this

Is a beer shortage on tap? Inflation and supply chain pressures on brewers are intensifying

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.

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.

“I don’t know if I can think of a scenario where there’d be no beer from a brewery, but I can understand a scenario where there would be a limited or smaller offering, as beer has a short shelf life,” said Chuck Aaron, owner and founder of Jersey Girl Brewing in Hackettstown, N.J.

Unlike with many products, such as eggs and other things that have disappeared from the grocery stores, there really isn’t a generic brand of beer (except on TV and in the movies), but, many craft brewers might reduce output or shut down

The environment is challenging enough that it could force some breweries to close. “This could certainly be a factor in closures,” Bart Watson, chief economist for the Brewers Association, told USA TODAY.

The big brewers will just raise prices. You’re already seeing it, as the cost of diesel for the trucks that deliver the necessary goods to make it have gone up (barley up double, aluminum up 50%), and then trucks have to take the made beer to stores. Will production be reduced from the big brewers? They have the product to make beer. Except there is a shortage of glass, aluminum, and CO2.

Despite the dilemma, the nation’s beer taps won’t likely run dry. But they could be tempered, he said.

“I’m not sure I’d go so far as to say there will be shortages. Individual producers may have issues, but this isn’t so widespread that you’re going to see empty beer shelves,” Watson said. “I think the beer brand that consumers want occasionally being out of stock is closer to accurate. And brewers might make different or fewer beers.”

Just one more thing we can thank China for. And Fauci and the National Institute of Health, for funding gain of function research in Wuhan, at a facility that has shown itself lax. Biden will be absent, as usual.

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3 Responses to “Brandonconomy: Beer Shortages Could Be Coming”

  1. Hairy says:

    The ingredients in a can of Budweiser cost 3 cents
    For craft beer about 10cents per pint
    Under Obama’s strict EPA enforcement you fear mongered about all craft beer having production turned off. Remember that? I do. It was about disposing of spelt.
    Stop fear mongering Stop blaming Biden for things that ‘might” but probably will not happen in the future. This is about as an unimportant issue as gender neutral bathrooms at Target

    • Job D. says:

      My 12 year old daughter was sexually assaulted in a “gender neutral” rest room at a Target. She was attacked by a teen in a dress with a dick who “identified” as a female. You may think this is funny being a leftist but we don’t. She cries herself to sleep every night. She was a beautiful young girl with her whole life ahead of her now she’s loosing her hair at thirteen!

      She can no longer concentrate at school (went from an A student to C), refuses to use any toilet but at home and has nightmares almost daily. Won’t go near boys and her circle of friends has diminished to about two or three.

      I don’t know what point you’re trying to make about gender neutral bath rooms but you don’t have any idea of the pain and sorrow these incidents cause. My wife is traumatized also and the two of them go to a support group for victims of transsexual aggression every two weeks. There are 22 other families in the class and that’s just in my county!

      It is no laughing matter smart ass.

  2. Jl says:

    Only John the clown would say gender neutral bathrooms are unimportant.
    The point would be to tell us why they’re “important”. I know the world suffered for many years with men going to the men’s room and women to the women’s room….the horror…

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