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Million pints of beer and cider may ‘go down the drain’ due to COVID-19 lockdown

The biggest battle that the world is facing right now is the fight against COVID-19. The pandemic has drastically affected everyone’s lives–and if this continues, it might lead to a global recession.

One industry that has been impacted by our current situation is the brewery production in the United Kingdom. The BBC News reported that approximately 50 million pints of beer and cider may go down the drain due to unused barrels. It was estimated that there are 39,000 pubs in the UK—all of which have 15 barrels in their cellars on average. Each keg beer contains 11 gallons (88 pints) while real ales come in nine-gallon (72-pint) casks.

According to Kegworks, “the shelf life for an unpasteurized beer in a keg is about 45-60 days (or 6-8 weeks) when stored at a proper temperature.”

In an interview with BBC News, Tom Stainer, chief executive of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) expressed how unhappy he is about the whole situation. For him, it’s not only about the wasted alcoholic drink but also the efforts and talents the workers had put into producing it.

“It’s not the biggest issue that the country is dealing with, but aspects of life like going to the cinema or cafe, or going for a pint, are something we treasure,” Stainer added.

Meanwhile, alcohol sales in supermarkets have increased to 22 percent, which is higher than the average sales of 20.6 percent per month.

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If COVID-19 cases continue to spike, most beer stocks will just go to waste.

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