Here’s one that will lower the spirits of craft beer fans across America. Craft breweries are facing a shortage of carbon dioxide, a key ingredient that gives beer its crisp taste.
After an aluminum shortage for cans and kegs, rising costs of the products that go into making beer and other issues, this seems like piling on – hey, 15-yard penalty!
Apparently, the carbon dioxide at Jackson Dome in Mississippi, one of the nation’s largest gas production hubs, had been contaminated. Carbon dioxide supplies were already tight because pandemic shutdowns forced many key suppliers to stop production.
Unable to cope and still staggering from the pandemic, some craft breweries have been forced to close. Others may follow. As Charlie Brown might say “good grief.”
Smaller craft breweries are the most affected by this situation as larger ones, as well as the major beer manufacturers, have access to more sources and thus supplies.
Night Shift Brewing in Everett, Massachusetts, just outside Boston, posted this on its Instagram account: “Come October 1, we won’t likely have jobs for many of this team.” The stated reason: the CO2 shortage.