The beer became surplus to requirements after pubs were closed on government orders during the coronavirus lockdown.

The ale was shipped to Chase Distillery in Herefordshire so the gin and vodka producers could convert it to liquid hand sanitiser. Their brand HR1 hand sanitiser contains 80 percent alcohol and is made to a World Health Organisation approved formula.

Wadworth CEO Chris Welham said: “When our pubs closed we had a large amount of beer that couldn’t be used and so working with Chase we were able to support their initiative and supply the beer for hand sanitiser.

"It was a perfect solution and helped towards providing 30,000 units to frontline professionals and key workers”.

James Chase, global brand ambassador for Chase Distillery, said: “I never thought I’d see the day when part of our distillery was used to make anything other than delicious tasting vodkas and gins, but these are strange times.

"It is great to have the support of businesses like Wadworth supplying excess alcohol products so we can produce more of this vital product.”