Ohio’s craft brewers are preparing for an aluminum shortage as more and more beer makers put their concoctions in cans.
The shortage is likely to hit the state’s smallest breweries especially hard because they have fewer resources and less leverage with metal suppliers, industry insiders said.
At the beginning of 2020, breweries sold much of their beer to restaurants and bars, which meant filling kegs for draught beer. Then came the coronavirus pandemic, which confined many Ohioans to their homes and continues to weigh on the hospitality industry.
Bars and restaurants saw their revenue plummet, and few expect to make a profit this year, according to industry surveys.
Despite problems with bars and restaurants, alcohol sales have increased in Ohio as more Ohioans buy record amounts of packaged beer.
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