I never thought I would be so upset to see pallets full of unwanted beer sitting in front of me. I truly never had imagined that I would get so annoyed and stressed out about the failure to get rid of this beer, nor the pure volume that was available for the taking. Then again, I’ve also never seen hundreds of cases of beer explode and go entirely to waste. This nightmare began when my work produced one of our usual beers, but accidentally packaged them in cans that had been printed with the wrong UPC. Suddenly, our distributor needed us to bring all the beer back, because the barcode didn’t scan properly at retail options. This is how 14 pallets of canned beer returned to our facility. We didn’t have a great solution for dealing with the packaging mishap, nor the space to properly store this huge stock. This is how our pallets of beer wound up sitting in summer heat and sun for two weeks before they could be shipped out again. This is also how several hundred cases of beer exploded in the summer heat and humidity after two weeks before they could be shipped out again.  Our facility is too small for cold storage. We do not have the refrigeration or cooling power to keep our ingredients or finished products in proper air conditions. Unfortunately, our warehouse is the same temperature as the hot southern air, plus a few more degrees from the boiling water and pounding overhead sun. As the temperature rose inside each day, so did the beer, and soon we had volatile missiles on our hands. Thousands of them. Long story short, without proper AC or refrigeration, our cans became miniature sprinkler systems. I guess if you needed a quick, cool refreshment, you could always hang out by the hot beer bombs.

cooling unit