Oh no! There is a shortage of alcohol in New Jersey

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Here’s some sobering news: There is a shortage of alcohol in New Jersey (also Pennsylvania). According to an article on NorthJersey.com, the shortage also affects all categories of alcohol; everything from beer to champagne is getting hard to find.

You can blame the pandemic, the labor shortage, even the bad weather for the scarcity. For a while, canned beer was scarce due to a lack of aluminum. The labor shortage has impacted every aspect of the liquor industry, from truck drivers to workers in breweries and distilleries and factories struggling to find help. Some liquor stores have even made a habit of rationing the hard-to-find items.

Bad weather in New Zealand has ruined that country’s grape harvest, leading to a shortage of some wines. There is also a lack of temperature controlled containers.

If you think you’re just going to cross the river to Pennsylvania to get your booze, think again. According to the Morning Call, our neighbors to the west have started statewide rationing of 43 types of champagne, bourbon, tequila, cognac and whiskey. Liquor stores are run by the state and they have instituted a limit of two bottles per day on the liquor concerned.

The increased demand brought about by the pandemic with sales of alcohol, wine and beer all increasing, in some cases dramatically, also contributing to the problem. According to the Morning Call, alcohol sales from March 2020 to March 2021 rose 75%, while beer sales rose 42% and wine sales jumped 62%.

Good luck finding alcohol this holiday season.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Doyle. All opinions expressed are those of Bill Doyle.

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