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Headed to Great Britain?

Be sure to pack beer.

The Guardian and CNBC are reporting a food grade carbon dioxide shortage has led to beer rationing in Great Britain as residents deal with scorching heat wave.The clear gas is a critical component in beer, hard cider and soft drinks. It’s also used in processing food stuffs as mundane as chicken, pork and bagged salad. But there have been no complaints on that front, yet.

How bad is it in Great Britain? Are those famous stiff upper lips wilting?

Well, news outlets are reporting that Booker, one of the island nation’s largest food wholesalers began rationing bars and restaurants to 10 cases of beer and five cases of hard cider or soft drinks per delivery.

The beer shortage came as fans headed to British pubs to raise a cold pint in the midst of excitement over soccer’s World Cup games.

Published reports traced a shortage of carbon dioxide across the European Union to maintenance issues in the plants that produce the gas.

Debra Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7996 or [email protected] or via Twitter @deberdley_trib

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