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EARTHDATE: June 24, 2018

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by Hazed

Terrible news – the UK is going to run out of beer!

The problem is not with beer itself, but with the CO2 that is used to put the fizz into beer and other sparkling drinks, and to run the pumps that serve the beet in pubs. There may be an abundance of CO2 in the atmosphere, but the industrial stuff used to make drinks sparkle is produced by just two plants in the UK, and right now one of them is closed for maintenance.

That is terrible timing, with a hot summer on the cards and the World Cup currently under way both ramping up demand.

It’s not just in the UK that CO2 plants are closed – at least five across northern Europe are offline for maintenance. Carbonated drinks producers are reported to be “desperate” as the shortage worsens.

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has written to CO2 suppliers asking them to do something, and one producer has said it will be able to get limited production back on stream by the start of next month.

It does seem quite short-sighted of them not to have realised that demand would be high this year!

Of course, lovers of traditional “real” ale which doesn’t have the slightest bit of fizz in it will not be affected by the shortage. Lager drinkers may just have to switch to cask ales instead.

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44545010

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