Welsh brewers made vinegar from beer that would’ve otherwise gone to waste
Gotta get creative in these crazy times
Back in March 2020, lockdowns were being announced left and right, leaving restaurant owners, brewers and winemakers with a surplus of products they couldn’t sell. They had to get creative.
Bluestone Brewing and Welsh Wind Distillery in Wales teamed up to save 3,500 litres of beer that would’ve otherwise gone to waste, and that’s how they created the Welsh Cask Vinegar.
”We were gearing up for a really busy Easter and had just filled our cold store up with a huge amount of Cask Beer,” said Bluestone Brewing director Simon Turner. “When the first lockdown happened, we lost our market overnight. All of a sudden we had nowhere for all of that beer to go and it was a really worrying time for us as a business. Cask Beer has a short date life and so we had to come up with a plan quickly to save it from going down the drain.”
Turner decided to team up with Welsh Wind Distillery - a craft gin and whisky maker - to create vinegar made from would-be-wasted beer.
”I was dismayed at the prospect of all this hard work – and beautiful beer – going to waste and was determined to see if there was something we could do to help,” said Welsh Wind Distillery director Alex Jungmayr. “Fortunately, I like a challenge, and after I had done some research, vinegar seemed like the clear solution.”
That’s a genius idea. And wasting beer is a mortal sin, so I’m glad they found a solution to salvage the precious liquid.