Gas Shortage Hits UK Beer Supplies
A gas shortage has put the pinch on beer stocks in the UK with some pubs already running dry.
A beer crisis is starting to take the fizz out of the British summer.
The UK is in the midst of a carbon dioxide shortage due to planned shutdowns of some of Europe’s major production facilities.
The clear, and mercifully-odourless gas carbonates soda and beer, and is an integral part of the bottling and kegging process.
It has been reported that some pubs are already running dry, while others are close to empty.
Earlier in the week, major suppliers had begun to put a cap on deliveries, restricting many bars and restaurants to 10 cases of beer and half that of cider and soft drinks.
To aggravate the bubble trouble, there has been a recent spike in demand thanks to what the British insist is a summer heatwave coinciding with World Cup festivities.
To raise the stakes further, tipple loving meat-lovers may also be hit twice as hard with CO2 also an important component of production and packaging in the meat industry.
As avid readers of the trade journal Gas World will be well aware the crisis has been described as the “worst supply situation to hit the European carbon dioxide business in decades”.
The British Beer and Pub Association warned that the crisis could continue for more than three weeks.