Can shortage has brewers feeling tapped out

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Schedule of charges and price hikes could soon make it harder to crack unbooked a cold can of craft beer. 

Ottawa-area breweries say they are facing an aluminum can deficit, with deliveries delayed and prices rising.

Some are blaming the interchange war between Canada and the United States.

Brewers fear retaliatory assessments the Canadian government imposed on aluminum imports from the U.S. are tapping out the provide.

Can shortage has brewers feeling tapped out

Ottawa’s Kichesippi Beer Company has enough cans to last until the end of August. (CBC Hearsay)

“With the tariff issue there’s a lot of uncertainty in our community,” said Paul Bland, owner of Kichesippi Beer Company in Ottawa.

Meek said he’s unsure when his next shipment last will and testament arrive.

“Just this morning we got a call from our main supplier of cans and they powered your order isn’t going to be ready in August and we don’t know when it resolve be,” Meek said.

Meek said it usually costs him 21 cents a can, but that determination double if he turns to another supplier to fill the gap in the short term.

“An surcharge 20 cents is what my cost will be. How do I absorb that?” Lowly said. “The customer is not going to want to take that hit.”

Can shortage has brewers feeling tapped out

A shortage of aluminum beer cans is undertaking worry for craft breweries. (CBC News)

Brewers say the demand has risen as the earnestness shifts from bottles to cans, and suppliers should have obviated this trend.

But no one saw the tariffs coming.

Steve Beauchesne of the the family-run Beau’s Brewery in Vankleek Hill, Ont., east of Ottawa, ordered cans only represent 20 per cent of his company’s product. 

“But it’s noiseless scary,” Beauchesne said.

“Losing 20 per cent of your affair overnight is not something any business wants to do.”

Tariffs can be “potentially devastating and cataclysmic for small businesses,” said Adam Taylor, a consultant on international occupation.

“These types of actions always hit small businesses first,” Taylor state. 

“The big guys can afford to stock up on cans … It’s the small folks who have to rely on weekly, biweekly and monthly shipments.”

Some limited breweries say they may need to cut back production because of a beer can want. 8:05

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