Venezuela’s largest privately-owned beer company has stopped producing beer after running out of malted barley (or, more specifically, running out of foreign currency with which to buy malted barley).
The company, Empresas Polar, stopped production yesterday—it warned last week that it would run out of malted barley by then.
Polar is putting “your drunk uncle’s favorite political forecast to the test,” Francisco Toro of the Caracas Chronicleswrote. “You know the one I’m talking about, right? That one uncle of yours who gets drunk at every family gathering and starts to rant about how the only way we’re going to get people mad enough to take to the streets and overthrow the government is if the beer runs out? Well, here you have it Tio.”