Garfield County going dry? Beer and tequila shortages hit native companies

Beer purchaser for Cooper Wine & Spirits Cody Nelson restocks the beer cooler on the downtown Glenwood retailer.
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Space liquor shops are experiencing provide shortages for some alcohol merchandise as a consequence of a wide range of components.

Cooper Wine and Spirits of Glenwood Springs proprietor Kevin Brady stated an aluminum scarcity delayed his order for Modelo canned 12-pack instances by 4 weeks.

Brady stated the aluminum can scarcity is occurring 9 months now, which he suspects is because of the recognition of canned laborious seltzers and pre-mixed cocktails.

“My hypothesis is with the rise in grownup premium drinks going into cans, I believe that’s put stress on different canned merchandise,” Brady stated. “At one level there was a 10-billion-can scarcity.”

Brady stated he was lately unable to fill an order for Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.

As of late final week, New Fortress Liquors proprietor Scott Gauldin stated his Pabst Blue Ribbon distributor simply obtained a cargo in and would be capable to fill orders.

A cyberattack precipitated manufacturing delays for Molson Coors, which produces Coors and Miller beer merchandise, Gauldin stated.

“General, issues have improved fairly a bit,” he stated.

“We’re not seeing simply mass out-of-stocks throughout the board like we have been final yr. Right now final yr I used to be coping with 40-50% of all my orders being again order. Now, it’s at 10-15%.”

Each Gauldin and Brady stated they’re feeling the impacts of tequila shortages.

Manufacturing delays as a consequence of COVID-19, which compelled crops to close down for weeks in Mexico, contributed to the shortages, Gauldin stated.

Reporter Shannon Marvel will be reached at 605-350-8355 or

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