Brewer’s ‘heartbreak’ over beer dumping

A Lincolnshire brewer is having to throw away 8,800 pints (5,000 litres) of real ale every two weeks because of lockdown restrictions on pubs.

It’s one of the many breweries and pubs who are struggling due to the pandemic.

Beer at Batemans Brewery in Wainfleet is cask conditioned so they have to keep making it, otherwise the active yeast used would die.

Stuart Bateman, owner of the brewery, says it’s “heartbreaking” to see the beer wasted.

Image and source BBC News: Stuart Bateman

Current coronavirus lockdown rules mean pubs and restaurants are closed except for takeaway food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Batemans owns and supplies nearly 50 pubs across Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire.

Stuart Bateman says “people can’t wait for pubs to reopen” and that “they’ll be ready” when they are allowed.

He said ‘We brew it with the live organism yeast, and we have to keep that yeast going otherwise it will die so we have to brew and then pour it down the drain. It’s heartbreaking. from Stuart Bateman owner of Batemans Brewery

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