Beer production and fountain drinks could be affected by shortage – Butler Eagle

Owner Bob McCafferty stands in front of the carbon dioxide tank Friday at the North Country Brewing Company’s tasting and canning room in Slippery Rock Township. Joseph Ressler / Butler Eagle

Brewer McCafferty in search of the necessary CO2

A local entrepreneur is hoping another nationwide shortage won’t come to a head in Butler County, but even if it does, he won’t make it.

Carbon dioxide (CO2), the gas that makes beer cold or soft drinks fizzy, is rare, which could affect the production or availability of craft beer and soft drinks.

CO2 is also used as a refrigerant; and dry ice is nothing more than solid CO2.

According to online industry publication Gasworld, growing demand for home food delivery, along with CO2 plant closures, are the main causes of the shortage.

A Gasworld article also blamed the postponement of maintenance at many CO2 plants in 2020, restaurant closures due to lower pandemic gas demand, truck driver shortages and replacement with carbon dioxide. nitrogen in the meat industry as other causes of supply disruption in the CO2 industry.

Local brewer affected

Bob McCafferty, owner of North Country Brewing and the Harmony Inn, received a notification from his CO2 supplier on Thursday that he can only receive half the amount of CO2 normally delivered each week.

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