Shutdown Of Alcohol-Producing Facilities Starting To Affect The Supply
While it seems impossible to comprehend in a place where people go on vacation in large part to drink beers on the beaches in the sunshine, parts of Mexico are running out of Mexican beers.
Even more alarming is the possibility that tequila could be next.
Three weeks after the Mexican government deemed beer and other alcohol products non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is getting difficult if not impossible to find local cervezas.
“We couldn’t restock from the brewing companies so by mid-month we ran out of the product,” Tijuana Smart & Final Manager Raul Rodriguez told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
There is one potential benefit for some, however. Imported craft beers are available and may gain a foothold in an area not used to drinking just Mexican beers. With small craft breweries really suffering now, this could be just the break they need to keep their businesses open. This is especially true for some of the many craft breweries in San Diego.
Of course, the impact on tourism is nil because nobody is traveling to Mexico (or anywhere else) these days but it sure is affecting locals used to having a few afternoon beers.
“During this lockdown, having a beer at home is more appetizing,” Tijuana resident Rafael Soto said in an interview with the U-T.
If the lockdown lasts a few more months and beer and alcohol plants remain idle, then tequila could become scarce. And not just in Mexico but all over the globe.
And that would be a difficult thing to swallow.