Thanks to an almost worldwide closure of bars and restaurants due to the coronavirus pandemic, draft beer sales have come to a virtual standstill forcing brewers around the globe to start dumping their beer.
And adding even more bad news to an already dire situation for pub owners and brewers in the United Kingdom, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is projecting that close to 70 million pints of beer will need to be destroyed.
According to Beer Today, “the BBPA calculated the figures based on its database of the UK’s 47,000 pubs, and estimating they had on average ten taps dispensing beer each.”
But whatever their methodology, the losses brought on by a lockdown that has disrupted supply lines and changed consumer behavior, will be massive according to BBPA chief executive, Emma McClarkin…
“It’s a great shame that so much great British beer that should have been enjoyed in community pubs up and down the country has gone to waste. People won’t have a chance to drink it as it will go off before pubs can re-open.”
“The need to destroy so much beer really shows how much our brewing and pub sectors have been affected by this crisis.”
“We believe that pubs should only open when safe to do so, but without additional support now — particularly for those who won’t be able to re-open sooner — many more of our nation’s pubs and the brewers that supply them with beer will struggle to survive closure and beyond. The government needs to give our sector much more support.”
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H/T the always excellent Beer Today for its lead on this.