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Cyberattack on liquor distributor causing certain brands of beer to be unavailable

Last Updated Apr 17, 2020 at 9:18 am MDT

Molson beer, left, and Coors Light beer rest together, in Walpole, Mass. on Nov. 28, 2017. Molson Coors Beverage Company says it is withdrawing its financial outlook for the 2020 financial year and beyond due to uncertainty about the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Steven Senne

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – As we do our part to stay indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have been cracking early cold ones to help get through the days.

If you have visited a local liquor store you might have noticed a couple of bare shelves, but it doesn’t have anything to do with a supply shortage.

Brewers Distributor Limited, owned by Labatt Breweries of Canada and Molson Breweries experienced a cyberattack on their system nearly three weeks ago forcing them to switch to manual ordering.

The attack happened just as more health measures were being introduced, causing companies like Alcanna, who own Liquor Depot, to see a sudden drop in certain products.

“You could hardly get anything, and we were getting pretty low,” said James Burns, Vice chair and CEO of Alcanna.

“A lot of people were stocking up thinking that the stores were being forced to close, which it turns out they were not.”

BDL is continuing to work through a backlog saying in a statement that they “have made good progress in defeating this cyber issue” and hope to have all the BDL systems restored by the end of the week.

“In the meantime, we will continue to keep all our stakeholders updated on a real-time basis,” the statement said.

Even though the cyberattacked happened three weeks ago stores are still having a hard time getting certain products.

“They have just restricted to the top sellers, you know like Budlight,” added Burns.

“There have been issues with payments and getting the orders right. They are doing the best they can and it’s difficult for them. It is unusually it has lasted this long.”

Burns ensured beer remains flowing at liquor stores and things are slowly going back to normal.

Since the pandemic started Alcanna has seen a shift in sales trends.

Burns explains customers are deciding to get their shopping done during the week causing Monday to Thursday sales to be much higher than in the past.