MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Revelers catch for one of the first liter of beer in the Paulaner tent on the opening day of the 2022 Oktoberfest beer fest on September 17, 2022 in Munich, Germany. This year's Oktoberfest, which runs until October 3 and is expected to draw over six million visitors, is the first to take place since 2019. The past two years were closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Getty Images)

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Could An Inactive Volcano Lead To A Beer Shortage?
Additional carbon dioxide is added in "keg, bottled, and canned beers” during the fermentation process for beer production in large volumes to be "faster and more efficient," says CAC GAS & Instrumentation. This gas is usually outsourced, but supplies are running low, resulting in a shortage of beer as well as a hike in prices.
Unfortunately, Jackson Dome, an inactive volcano in Mississippi that supplied the carbon dioxide, became contaminated. Gasworld claims, "Contamination occurred when [Jackson Dome owner] Denbury decided to use its existing CO2 supplies for enhanced oil recovery and drill additional wells to feed its CO2 pipeline that supplies merchant CO2 plants."
According to Bart Watson, chief economist for the Brewers Association, "Individual producers may have issues, but this isn't so widespread that you're going to see empty beer shelves." However, he also said that the situation could contribute to ammonia plant closures, which is another large source of CO2.