Carbon dioxide shortage could threaten breweries across the US

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Your favorite beers could be missing from shelves in the coming months.

Carbon dioxide, which helps block oxidization in brews, could become more scarce thanks to kinks in the supply chain, NPR reports.

Brewers are now worried that this possible shortage would cause production cuts and price hikes, according to reporter Bill Chappell.

“We’ve talked to our supplier, and our supplier basically told us they were not taking on any new clients to make sure that their long-term clients have a steady supply of CO2,” Bryan Van Den Oever of Red Bear Brewing in Washington, D.C., told NPR’s Morning Edition.

This shortage isn’t new for brewers, as many have dealt with the problem for much of the pandemic.

But carbon dioxide costs have spiked in recent months for beer producers.

Paul Pflieger, a communications director of the Compressed Gas Association trade group, told NPR that scheduled maintenance at ammonia and ethanol plants is causing what the group calls “CO2 tightness.”

Pflieger also said hot weather across the country is contributing to the shortage.

“The record heat that we’re seeing in this country and around the world is making this worse,” Pflieger told NPR.

Chappell writes that this most recent shortage is impacting brewers across the nation, especially small craft brewers.

You can read NPR’s full report here.

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