NEW JERSEY, USA – Faced with increased grain, aluminum, and fuel costs as a result of inflation caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Four City Brewing Company in New Jersey says it will have to boost taproom pricing soon.
In Orange, New Jersey, the craft beer company cans its product in a labor-intensive operation that includes hand-weighing the filled cans as they are stacked into boxes.
So far, the corporation has avoided raising prices, but this may not be the case in the future.
“Grain has gone up 18, 20, 25 cents a pound. So when you’re talking about hundreds, maybe a thousand pounds per batch, it’s a lot of money,” said co-owner Anthony Minervino.
Since the invasion, which Russia terms a “special military operation,” Ukraine has established export permits for wheat and suspended exports of rye, oats, millet, buckwheat, salt, sugar, meat, and livestock, making it one of the world’s biggest exporters of grain and vegetable oils.
“It’s at least going to be $1 to $2 more, probably per pour in the taproom, probably a couple of dollars on each case per keg,” said another co-owner, Roger Apollon Jr.
“Nothing extreme. But we have to cover our costs because the costs have been pretty significant.”
“If you want to compare prices three months ago to make the can of beer as opposed to today, we have the grain, the aluminum, there’s fuel surcharges, the shipping, and everything, it’s gone up significantly,” said Minervino.