I hit three supermarkets last week. I went 0 for 3. They all had plenty of the other brands and the store brands. They were out of the best, Lea & Perrins. I should say don't read the ingredient list. You'd never buy it if you did.
I put it on my burgers and cheese steaks. I can't remember the last time I had an actual "steak." Sorry, but the thought of a bloody hunk of meat just doesn't appeal to me. I like it ground or chopped, and well done.
I refused to buy the lesser brands. They taste like turpentine.
There has to be a reason for the shortage. My first thought was people scooped it up to whip up home made Chex Mix for the Super Bowl. Possibly, more people discovered the joy of a Bloody Mary. A little tooling around on the internet provided the answer. Lea & Perrins can't get enough bottles. Are you kidding me? It's 2021. We can make a vaccine in nine months, but we can't bottle anchovies, garlic, onion, vinegar, tamarind, and molasses?
I did what I should have done in the first place-- ordered it on-line.