Nation Now Faces a Liquor Shortage

President Barack Obama has a beer with patrons at the Pump Haus Pub and Grill in Waterloo, Iowa, Aug. 14, 2012. / Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

The United States is facing a liquor shortage ahead of the holiday season due to the supply chain crisis — and states with government liquor stores are rationing their inventory.

Container ships are waiting to unload in the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports as labor shortages in the United States and COVID-19 lockdowns in Asia create shipping bottlenecks. Despite President Biden’s decision to keep the Port of Los Angeles open “24 hours a day, seven days a week,” the crisis has persisted.

Indeed, many economists expect the problems to last for several months. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development said that high consumer demand and supply-side constraints — such as “container ship carrying capacity, container shortages, labour shortages, continued on and off COVID-19 restrictions across port regions and congestion at ports” — could lead to price hikes through 2023.

As detailed in an NBC News report, the bottlenecks affect the availability of liquor and other beverages throughout the United States. The outlet highlights Jacquin’s — a distillery in Philadelphia — and its efforts to supply consumers with eggnog throughout the holidays.

Read more at The Daily Wire 


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