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Alcohol alchemy: Unsold beer reborn as craft gin

Japanese brewery spirits away pandemic-hit pubs' liquid waste problem

Kiuchi's brewery in Ishioka, Ibaraki Prefecture, is turning itself into a gin distillery.

MITO, Japan -- 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.

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.

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