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Japanese company came up with how to extend beer life

Distilled into gin, however, the transformed liquid can be stored for an extended period

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/NOVOSTIVL/ As the coronavirus pandemic keeps customers away, and bars and restaurants are having to dispose of their draft beer, a brewery in Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, has come up with a recycling scheme to keep all those suds from going to waste. This article appeared in the Nikkei Asian Review.

Kiuchi Brewery, known for its Hitachino Nest line of beers, collects unsold draft beer from eateries and pubs, distills it into craft gin, bottles the spirit and returns it to the benefactors.

The company started the free service after several restaurant managers came to it pleading for a solution.

Under the service, restaurants send unsold beer to Kiuchi's distillery in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. The company sends back the gin in labeled bottles. The restaurants pay only transportation costs.

Like bread, beer can quickly go stale, and many taverns that have bowed to society's social distancing and other virus containment measures are at a loss as to what to do with their kegs that are about to expire.

Distilled into gin, however, the transformed liquid can be stored for an extended period, then served once the virus runs its course and the masses once again descend upon restaurants and pubs.


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