After shortages of boba, Ketchup, and perhaps most devastatingly, chickenNow you can end up empty-handed the next time you visit a local restaurant and order your favorite alcoholic drink. According to the latest reports, there is a shortage of alcohol in some states and both liquor stores and restaurants are struggling to meet the demand for certain beers, wines and spirits.
According to NPR, states such as Ohio, New Jersey, Vermont, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and others, are seeing ongoing alcohol shortages due to supply chain problems. An unprecedented surge in demand, higher import costs and shortages of both bottling materials and laborers have all contributed to the perfect storm of scarce alcohol supplies we now see, the publication reported.
The situation has led some states to impose rationing measures on alcohol purchases. In Pennsylvania, consumer purchases are now limited to two bottles of certain alcoholic products per day. These products include Hennessy Cognac, Buffalo Trace bourbon and Patrón tequila, which will be in short supply for the foreseeable future, according to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. In Virginia, the limits are one bottle per day for certain special edition spirits.
In New Jersey, where the sale of alcohol is not controlled by the state, it is up to individual stores to restrict the sale of high-demand alcohols.
“It’s a store-by-store decision… There are a few things that we’ll limit to one bottle per customer so we can try to distribute it as much as possible to serve our customers,” Joe Ringwood, general manager of Super Cellars in Ringwood and Westwood, said: News 12.
And the shortages are not only affecting consumers, they are also putting pressure on restaurant and bar operations. According to Restaurants, alcohol sourcing is now the biggest challenge for restaurants, alongside labor shortages.
The publication spoke to several Midwestern restaurant and bar owners who said they were having a hard time buying alcohol that their customers were used to. Michele Fire, owner of Chicago’s Tweet Let’s Eat and Big Chicks, said she couldn’t buy Absolut vodka, while a restaurant owner in Milwaukee described it being difficult to buy Spanish and Portuguese wines, forcing him to cut his wine list in half.
The shortages seem to affect the ability to find certain branded products, as opposed to alcohol in general, so experts advise customers and restaurants to look for similar alternatives.
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