Thirsty Norwegians need not worry about the availability of beer during the rest of what’s shaped up as one of the country’s hottest summers on record. Production of the CO2 needed for carbonation has resumed, after an annual break for maintenance.
It’s been difficult for beverage makers to acquire enough liquid CO2, with some breweries including Aass in Drammen having to cut back on beer production. Norwegian CO2 producer Yara suffered an unexpected halt in production at a time when season supplies were already low because of annual maintenance and problems at several major suppliers in Europe.
Now production of the liquid CO2 is up and running again, averting major shortages of beer in the stores, bars and restaurants.