Beer is Here was created back in March by hop supplier Simply Hops, in a bid to connect consumers with local breweries who could suffer greatly or even potentially close due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Pub operators and brewers are being urged to use the occasion to connect with their customers, some of whom they may not have seen for a while.
The expanded loans will be available from the 26th May to large firms who do not qualify for the Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility or who have enough finance to meet cashflow needs during lockdown.
“The government has done absolutely the right thing by extending the scheme, and we hope it will prevent job losses.”
Carlsberg will become the controlling shareholder, owning 60% of the joint venture, with Marston’s owning 40%. The transaction is anticipated to complete in the second half of this calendar year, subject to shareholder approval at Marston’s, and competition clearance.
The agreement will see Purity’s ales served across the concourse and hospitality areas at the Ricoh Arena, as well as the development of some new initiatives.
Through CareFirst, which delivers its 24-hour Helpline, the group can offer the Woebot app, free of charge, for three months to people in the licensed trade.
The Campaign for Real Ale has launched a survey for pub-goers, and beer and cider drinkers, to determine their attitudes towards visiting the local once lockdown lifts.
The survey of 560 pubs, carried out on behalf of the Forum of Private Business, indicates that fewer than one in three licensees are at all confident of opening their doors again if the pub lockdown rules remain in place until the end of the year.
During the session, Georginawill be talking beer lovers through the flavour profiles and brewing process of four beers: Gem Amber Ale, Wild Hare Pale Ale, Lansdown IPA, and Darkside Stout.
Rev Claire Holt, of St Paul’s Church in Tongham, where Hogs Back is based, officiated from the hop garden next to the brewery, accompanied — at a safe distance — by owner Rupert Thompson and a handful of team members, who recorded the ceremony.
Magic Rock, Fourpure, and Little Creatures will be replacing all full and un-breached draught beer kegs which are out of date, and Magic Rock will be doing the same for casks.
PUBS AND BARS
The Devonshire Arms, in Middle Handley, has worked with gift card platform Toggle to encourage loyal customers to buy cards which can be used to buy food and drink there once the pub can re-open.
The BBPA estimates that there are some 27,000 pubs across the UK with beer gardens — more than half of the UK’s total of 47,000 pubs.
Like all pubs, The Red Lion is unable to operate in its usual manner — provide delicious Italian food, a great range of beers and a convivial pub atmosphere — but licensee Edin Basic was determined to continue to serve the local community.
Formerly head brewer at Brewhouse & Kitchen, in Lichfield, Mike was appointed before the Covid-19 lockdown, but has only recently been able to begin work on a full-time basis due to interruptions to brewing supplies.
A digital cookbook showcasing Devon and Cornwall’s unique food and drink culture has been released, just weeks after the idea was first conceived.
There are changes afoot in Ponsanooth, the village noted as having Cornwall’s — maybe even the UK’s? — highest concentration of brewers.
The BBPA estimates that some 1.9 million containers of beer are currently left in pub cellars, following the rapid closure due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
A total of 15,668,430 new ordinary shares in the capital of the company have been placed by Investec Bank plc, at a price of 900p per share.
Maltster Muntons has reached a milestone having generated 10 million kilowatt hours of electricity since opening its anaerobic digester (AD) plant in 2015. That’s enough electricity to power 2,000 average sized homes every year.
Paul Thompson, of Wolverhampton-based Accounts Superhero, said: “The government’s R & D tax credits scheme is available to any business investing money in innovation, but there is a misconception that it is only available in scientific applications.”
For Budweiser Brewing Group — AB-InBev’s UK branding — a strong start to the year, with a growth in market share and brands, has given way to sales drops and uncertainty.
The fifth generation, family-owned company delivered a profit before tax of £9.8 million (2018: £7.5million) and an increased turnover of £168 million (2018: £156.6million).
While the whole brewing and distilling industry is suffering the knock-on effects of Covid 19, the craft brewing sector is being hit disproportionately by the lockdown. It’s no understatement to say that cask brewers, in particular, have a problem.
In what is undoubtedly an extraordinarily challenging time for the beer industry as a whole, Thornbridge Brewery has moved fast to shape and diversify its business to face the challenges presented by Covid-19.
The South Yorkshire company is concentrating on production of its 330ml amber 1907 beer bottle.
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“The craft beer community is rooted in collaboration and philanthropy, and now is our chance to come together and give back to our most vulnerable breweries.”