Food & Drink

Whiskey shortage looms, grown adults set to cry

They threatened our wine. They threatened our Velveeta. But now they're threatening our whiskey, and this time, it's personal. And kind of our fault.

According to Smithsonian Magazine, demand for the brown stuff is far outpacing supply, and we may soon be facing a shortage. A large part of the problem is the lengthy aging process many distilleries employ -- purveyors like Buffalo Trace age their bourbon in barrels for 8-10 years, and didn't see this explosive demand for whiskey coming a decade ago. But apparently we're also running low on the wood used to create those barrels, so we're just screwed all around. If you had the foresight to build a bunker of Wild Turkey, it's time to batten down the hatches.

Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist and is in a continuous state of shortage panic. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.