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New guidance on how to retrieve kegs and casks

By Emily Hawkins contact

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Considerations to make: operators have been encouraged to look at the updated guidance before retrieving containers
Considerations to make: operators have been encouraged to look at the updated guidance before retrieving containers

Related tags: Coronavirus

New guidance has been issued on how to safely retrieve beer containers from cellars, from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

The trade body estimated some 1.9m containers of beer have been left in pub cellars owing to the short notice given to them before having to close.

Operators must recognise health and safety, environmental and economic considerations when recovering casks and kegs.

The guidance has taken into account changes such as HMRC making it possible for licensees to destroy beer once they have received instruction from a brewer.

HMRC said a common-sense approach can be taken to verification and audit of the beer destruction process. 

The retrieval of these containers has been restricted by the lockdown measures limiting movement and social proximity. The BBPA said only one person can work in a cellar whereas in normal circumstances this would be a minimum of two.

The guidance has also outlined what forms of verification are accepted by HMRC to prove the volumes of beer involved and that they have been destroyed.

Several operators have published their videos of themselves destroying stock to social media over the past few weeks.

BBPA chief executive Emma McClarkin said: “These latest guidelines the BBPA has produced further help all parts of our sector to decide how best to recover containers from pub cellars in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

“The guidelines should help facilitate the monumental task of restocking pubs in advance of reopening and once lockdown restrictions have been lifted.”

The guidance is available on the BBPA’s website​.

Related topics: Beer, UnitedWeStand

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