German beer brewers are to be reimbursed for the costs of spoiled beer as a result of coronavirus-related restrictions, a spokesman for the Bavarian Economy Ministry said on Friday.

The rule will also apply winemakers, the spokesman said.

The current coronavirus containment measures, which include restaurant closures and the cancellation of large-scale events, mean that breweries are hardly able to sell any draft beer.

The number of barrels that have passed or are approaching the sell-by date is increasing, with millions of euros worth of beer already poured down the drain.

Bavarian Economy Hubert Aiwanger said it was an “important success … that the voices of Bavarian brewers were heard in Berlin and that they will now receive reimbursement for their excess draft beer.”

Most of Germany’s major beer brewers are located in the southern state of Bavaria.

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