Don’t panic, but it could soon be more difficult to find your favorite beer on the shelf. If you’re looking for something to blame, look no further than everyone’s least favorite global pandemic, as the beer industry is now facing an alarming aluminum can shortage.
According to industry reports, the lockdowns that have engulfed the nation have changed the way we booze. For starters, with bars closed down, more people have had to do their beer drinking at home (ie-a greater need for cans). Also, apparently, we’re all drinking more too, which can also be chalked up to LIVING THROUGH A PANDEMIC!
This comes at a time when cans were kinda running lower than usual anyway, mainly due to the meteoric rise in popularity for hard seltzers (thanks for nothing, you lawless White Claw drinkers!).
As a result, some big-name beers are being affected by the shortage. Included in those feeling the crunch are Coors Light, Corona, Modelo, Dos Equis, and White Claw. Given the increase in demand, cans are more costly, so brands are having to make difficult decisions on which products to focus on, and which will see their production slowed.
This won’t affect you if you drink some bandwagon beer that everyone loves, but keeping the others in stock is no sure thing. Craft breweries will be hit harder than the big guys, and the 16-ounce cans and the slim cans (sorry seltzer fans) will be affected the most this summer.
The US is running low on aluminum cans, and analysts warn you might see your favorite beers go out of stock https://t.co/iXY8ohjDe7
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) July 24, 2020
Soda companies are also struggling with the shortage, as Coke is reportedly shifting priority to the regular product, and away from Coke Zero (somewhat).
“Aluminum cans are in very tight supply with so many people buying more multi-pack products to consume at home,” a Coca-Cola spokesperson told USA Today.
While maybe not the best option for camping trips and grill-outs, we still have beer in glass bottles to console us during this “unprecedented” can shortage.