MANGALURU: The Covid-induced warning to keep away from widespread illnesses and visits to medical doctors has had an unlikely casualty — chilled beer, which has been the popular tipple within the humid climate of Dakshina Kannada.
Knowledge from the excise division reveals that gross sales of beer between April and September this 12 months fell by 55%, in comparison with the identical interval in 2019. Whereas 93,610 circumstances of beer have been offered in that interval final 12 months, this 12 months, the determine stands at 50,828.
Excise officers identified that chilled beer has been a favorite amongst drinkers, throughout ages, given the sultry climate. “Now, they worry catching a chilly by ingesting beer, which can then result in headache, runny nostril and sore throat, a lot of that are signs of the Covid-19 an infection and will trigger pointless nervousness. This has resulted in gross sales of beer declining. The opposite motive is the dearth of tourists to the district, owing to the lockdown and pandemic,” an excise division official stated.
Ashwin Rai, proprietor of Spindrift, a microbrewery in Mangaluru, stated clients have been switching to different choices. “A few of our common clients admitted to us that they have been avoiding chilly beer as a precaution. They’ve all taken to laborious liquor. Gross sales of beer at my microbrewery are regular however not too encouraging. The gross sales might decline additional since a lot of our rivals are slated to open their eating places within the subsequent week,” Rai advised TOI.
Vadi Shenoy, proprietor of Tandoor Bar and Restaurant, stated that patrons have been reluctant to drink chilly water, depart alone chilled beer. “They like all the things to be served heat. Earlier, beer in two kegs was offered day by day however I’m struggling to empty one keg in two days now,” Shenoy stated.
Raviraj S, an inside decorator and beer drinker, stated that he was not sipping his favorite drink simply to be secure from Covid-19.