Byron Bay distillery saves hundreds of kegs of beer from being tipped down the drain during the coronavirus lockdown by turning it into a new spirit
- An Australian distillery turned beer into liquor to save it being thrown out
- 25 million schooners of beer was forecast to be thrown out during COVID-19
- Cape Byron Distillery used the waste product to make a new liquor
- They had more than a swimming pool of beer they turned into moonshine
An Australian distillery has turned beer into liquor to save it from being thrown out during the COVID-19 lockdown.
When the pandemic hit, pubs across Australia were given the crushing news 25 million schooners of beer would need to be thrown out.
But a Byron Bay liquor company decided to turn some of that beer into a new spirit to prevent the liquid gold being washed down the drain.
Cape Byron Distillery Co-Founder Eddie Brook (pictured with partner Sophia Fryer) decided to turn beer into liquor after hearing it would be washed down the drain due to the COVID-19 lockdown
Cape Byron Distillery Co-Founder Eddie Brook said they faced an uncertain future when coronavirus first hit.
‘COVID has effected everyone in so many ways,’ he said.
‘At the beginning of the pandemic, life looked a little dull, hand sanitiser trumped alcohol sales, and the word ‘pivot’ made its way into daily business chat.
They used Stone & Wood’s Pacific Ale and distilled it twice into a liquor called ‘Pacific Moonshine’
‘With heavy uncertainty, the hospitality industry cleared their cool rooms, emptied their bars and locked their doors until further notice.’
But the owners refused to let the beer industry face such a tough blow, and decided to make use of it.
‘Initially, one idea was to attempt distilling the beer to create hand sanitiser and then the idea of distilling Pacific Ale evolved into the peculiar idea of making a ‘beer spirit,’ he said.
When nearby business Stone & Wood brewery bought back kegs which were unable to be sold around the country they had enough beer to fill a swimming pool.
They joined forces to create ‘Pacific Moonshine’ merging the unused kegs of Stone & Wood beer and turning it into a liquor.
The Pacific Ale was transported up the road to the distillery where the beer was distilled twice to create a spirit not dissimilar to the production of single malt whisky.
But if saving beer from being washed away wasn’t enough the owners decided to use the funds raised through sales to put back into the community.
But Co-founder for Cape Byron Distillery Eddie Brook (pictured with partner Sophia Fryer) turned a swimming pool worth of beer into a hard spirit
When venues closed their doors in March due to lockdown measures kegs were drained and washed out until pubs faced the possibility of reopening
For every bottle sold a portion of the sales will be put into the Grained Foundation, a not-for-profit also based in the Northern Rivers.
When venues closed their doors in March due to lockdown measures kegs were drained and washed out until pubs faced the possibility of reopening.
Leading brewer Lion was forced to pour about about 90,000 kegs or about 4.5million litres of beer out at their waste water treatment plants at Tooheys and XXXX breweries.