British Pubs Are Facing a Beer Shortage This Summer

Jun 23, 2018

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

If you were planning to hoist a refreshing beer this summer at a pub in the UK it might prove to be more difficult than you expected.

Pubs across the UK are on the brink of a serious beer shortage in the coming summer months due to a lack of carbon dioxide.

Planned shutdowns of CO₂ plants and other unexpected equipment failures have driven the shortage. There is now only one large plant in the UK producing CO₂ for the entire country’s beer supply. At least 82% of the beer consumed in the UK is produced there as well.

Industry publication Gasworld called the shortage the biggest CO₂ crisis in decades, noting that at least five CO₂ manufacturers in Northern Europe have recently gone offline. According to Gasworld, which first reported the shortage, beer producers and other carbonated drink manufacturers in the area are getting “desperate” due to the crisis, which is hitting as a heat wave boosts beer consumption and drinkers crowd into local pubs to watch the World Cup.

The World Cup is also causing a similar beer shortage in Moscow, where millions of visiting fans have guzzled the beverage far quicker than expected.

“Whilst some members may still be receiving supplies of CO₂, this shortage will undoubtedly impact on those many smaller suppliers who distribute locally but who will be supplied in turn by the national producers,” the British Beer and Pub Association, which represents 20,000 UK pubs, noted in a statement on the beer crisis. The BBPA also said that some stoppages in beer production have already begun, although it didn’t specify which beers.

The BBC reports that some of the hardest hit beers include Heineken and Amstel’s kegs.

“We’ve been informed by our CO₂ supplier that they are facing a major issue with supply availability in the UK,” Heineken told the BBC in a statement, noting that it was working with producers to minimize any potential supply disruptions.

The BBPA thinks the shortage could have been avoided.

“You could have foreseen this,” Brigid Simmonds, head of the BBPA told the BBC of the CO₂ suppliers. “Quite why they didn’t anticipate this, I don’t know.”

Featured image by SolStock via Getty Images.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,650

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
  • Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.
Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.