UK pubs have thrown away 70million pints of spoilt beer during the coronavirus crisis.
Experts say the duty on out-of-date beer — unsold because of the lockdown — can be claimed back by pubs.
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But the waste has cost millions.
The figure is based on the nation’s 47,000 pubs having an average ten beer taps each.
Some unsaleable beer has been donated to farmers to use to create organic fertiliser or animal feed, with brewers keen not to waste their product.
But many pubs have struggled to dispose of so many pints during the closure period.
Pubs have shared videos showing gallons being poured away, to highlight the problem.
Emma McClarkin, of the British Beer and Pub Association, said: “We believe that pubs should only open when safe to do so, but without additional support now, many pubs and brewers will struggle to survive.”
She added: “It’s a great shame 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 because it will go off before pubs can reopen.”
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