Skip to comments.Kegs are going bad as coronavirus keeps restaurants closed. Boston Beer has a solution
Posted on 04/26/2020 5:31:27 PM PDT by Libloather
As bars and restaurants remain shuttered in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Boston Beer is turning millions of dollars of expired beer into ethanol to recoup some of its lost sales.
Beer sales rose 11.6% in the week ended April 11, according to Nielsen data, as consumers drink more at home. But the spike doesnt benefit craft brewers as much because they rely on sales in restaurants and bars. The shift in consumption trends is leading to expired kegs for many craft beer manufacturers.
The companys founder and chairman Jim Koch said on CNBCs The Exchange Friday that it will distill the returned beer into ethanol, so it can be blended into gasoline. The company, the second-largest craft brewer in the nation, according to the Brewers Association, has been recycling stale beer like this for decades to ensure freshness, but lately it has stepped up the volume.
The brewer is also adapting to the crisis by making hand sanitizer. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, which merged with Boston Beer last year as part of a $300 million deal, has transitioned into making the product using high-proof ethanol.
Dogfish Head is producing between 200 to 400 gallons of hand sanitizer a day and donating all of the profits to help restaurant workers. Its home state of Delaware is its number one customer, according to Sam Calagione, Dogfish Heads founder and president.
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Just put any Mexican label on it (or any green bottled skunk pi$$ brand)...the drinkers wouldn’t know the difference.
With the price of oil, they can’t give away ethanol now
Probably lots of fun to shoot.
I’d take a couple of kegs off their hands.
No but we might need the corn that was to become ethanol for food lines and African locust survivors.
What about giving all the bad beer to hogs? They’d gobble it right up.
Saw an article where someone in England was delivering a pint or 2 to shut ins who’d leave a pint glass on the doorstep.
Wasn’t it NORMAN in “Cheers” who said “Never let a keg of beer go to waste”?
That has been a common use.
Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs had such a episode.
Since beer is only about 5% ethanol it seems like it’d take a lot of energy to get distill it for little gain. I’d think there would be much better mashes to start from than beer. It seems like it would cost more to distill it into usable ethanol than the ethanol would be worth.
I’ve never seen a “use by” or “expiration” date on any beer.
RM... Corona Extra, Dos Equis and Modelo are good beers.
Coach: Can I draw you a beer, Norm
Norm: No, I know what they look like. Just pour me one.
Coach: What would you say to a beer, Normie?
Norm: Daddy wuvs you.
Woody: What’s the story, Mr. Peterson?
Norm: The Bobbsey twins go to the brewery.
Let’s cut to the happy ending.
One think about skunk pi$$...there are plenty of options! At least those mentioned are all easily spotted by their clear or green bottles!
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