BAKERSFIELD, CA. — Breweries are being forced to dump out kegs during the pandemic. According to Temblor Brewing, they expect to lose about $10,000 worth of kegs if they can't open in the next couple of weeks.
“The IPAs in particular don’t last more than three months, so anything that was over a month old already is at the end of its life span," said Don Bynum, President of Temblor Brewing.
The shutdown has changed their alcohol revenue to come from 98% packaged beer and 2% kegs. These kegs were used for in-house pours, restaurant orders, and special events.
“We weren’t at a high inventory position we were in a reasonably conservative position," said Bynum.
The loss could have been much worse if the shutdown had happened closer to summer.
Some breweries, including Temblor, were able to save some of their beer from kegs and are holding special deals to get rid of it in time. These deals change every day.