Breweries feeling effects of carbon dioxide shortage

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PITTSBURGH (100.1 FM and AM 1020 KDKA) Your favorite beer could be a little tougher to find as some brewers are being forced to cut back in more ways than one.

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Among the products in short order, there is a new shortage of carbon dioxide - a key piece of the brewing process.

Jackson Dome in Mississippi is a Co2 reservoir and has been naturally contaminated, forcing brewers to cut back on the product.

Distributors are still waiting for the other shoe to drop, but Gene Ribnicky with Vecenie Distributing in Millvale says if it does, you'll likely notice it on your tab.

“The supply of Co2 is at an all-time low,” Ribnicky said. “There is less Co2 to go around to an excess of 8,500 breweries in America.”

More than just the Co2 shortage, breweries are also running into issues with a shortage of drivers.

“Shipping became an issue as well,” Ribnicky said. “Less truck drivers. Everybody needs it shipped and that drives up the price.”

While distributors haven’t seen an impact yet, it’s likely to increase the price of many popular beers.

Ribnicky also says some brewers might cut out the middle man and consider capturing their own carbon dioxide.