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Could we face a beer shortage? Breweries unsure as CO2 becomes scarce

KCCI Des Moines 9/27/2022
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Kinship owner Zach Dobeck has one goal: to keep his beer prices low.

Access to aluminum and cardboard have created hurdles for Kinship and other breweries to do so after the pandemic.

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And now, as a CO2 shortage looms, he's getting creative with how he'll keep his shop running.

Experts said the shortage is due to ammonia and ethanol plants, which produce CO2, not being able to keep up with production due to shutdowns or COVID-19 complications.

The technique they use at Kinship allows them to take the natural CO2 that's generated during the fermentation process of their beer and reuse it.

"It allows us to save a little money too so we're not 100% reliant on CO2," said Dobeck.

The gas is used to give the beer its carbonation and help it have a better taste. Kinship produces mostly lagers.

Dobeck says it's a cheaper beer to make and allows them to keep their prices low.

"We're not feeling the impact as much but again this is not a 100% fix. This is just a way we can sustain on that," Dobeck said.

So what does this mean for beer drinkers?

Right now, that's unclear but beer producers are doing what they can to ensure there's enough to go around.

"It's too early to tell. Iowans love their beer so there's no getting around that," Dobeck said.

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