By Tony Winterburn •
Published: 13 Apr 2020 • 22:26
PUBS, bars, restaurants, coronavirus lockdown and hotels were ordered to close their doors in March to help slow the spread of the virus and the beer that they had in storage could spoil if left too long. Holidaymakers may be in for a nasty surprise as many establishments could be out of stock.
Most beer will spoil within a few months of delivery – so a long lockdown would mean that much will go to waste. As the production of beer is not classed as an essential service, brewers all over Spain will be anxiously waiting for an end to the lockdown, even then it will take weeks to get products delivered to bars etc.
Ireland, however, may have the solution
Thousands of barrels of beer in Ireland are set to be written off and converted into animal feed due to lack of use during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The losses could equal millions of pints’ worth of beer in Ireland and brewers will foot the bill. Pubs in Ireland closed indefinitely on March 15 and have remained closed ever since. They will be closed until May 5 at the very earliest. Most beer barrels have a four-month shelf life, meaning that a huge number of barrels in pubs on March 15 would be out of date by the time pubs reopen. Any kegs that were already opened have to be used within two weeks or they will be out of date.
How long does a beer keg last?
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