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More than one billion pints of beer have been flushed down the drain this year, thanks to Covid-19, a study has found.
Taking into account all the lockdowns across the country since March, researchers found that vast quantities of beer, ale and lager – which has a shelf life of between 2-4 months – has been wasted at pubs, clubs and eateries.
The researchers worked out that just over 1bn pints – that’s enough to fill just under 180 Olympic-sized swimming pools – went to waste in 2020.
That’s 3.5m barrels of beer – each containing 288 pints – lost, and with the average price of a pint around £4, that works out about £4bn worth of beer gone to waste.
Graham Connelly, 45, of St Albans, Herts, said: “I really will be crying into by beer, if I had any.
“It’s a shocking waste really – they should have just put a barrel at the end of every street and let people help themselves.”
A spokesman for kitchenware store Oliver’s Kitchen, which conducted the research, said that in a normal year, Brits down 8bn pints of beer in pubs, clubs and eateries – meaning one-eighth of what we normally drink went down the drain in 2020.
He said: “A keg of pasteurized beer has a shelf life of about 3-4 months from the time it was filled at the brewery, while unpasteurized draft beer will only last for about 6-8 weeks.
“We decided to conduct some research to find out the amount of beer wasted in 2020, and and found it to be just over 1bn pints.”
Oliver Warburton of Oliver’s Kitchen, said: “It really is a shame that so much beer is being wasted, not only for the owners of the venues who are losing money, but also for their regulars who rely on their local watering holes for socialisation.
“Pub culture is such an important part of the UK, whether you are a drinker or not, and to lose that would be totally detrimental to the wealth of the community both economically and socially."
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