Lockdown has had a serious impact on the hospitality business – with pubs and bars across the UK still shut as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to The Buckinghamshire Live.
As pubs have remained shut this has also had an impact on breweries, many of which have lost one of their main channels for distributing beer.
Non-essential travel is currently prohibited under the lockdown, with people told not to travel outside their area. Some breweries are offering local deliveries, sometimes free and often with a minimum order, while others offer a courier service for further afield (although there are shipping costs for this option).
This list is probably not exhaustive and is based on information on brewery websites as of publication. You should always check with the brewery for the latest updates.
Blackened Sun Brewing Company, Stacey Bushes, Milton Keynes
They are currently open for takeout only – allowing people to buy bottles or fill growlers (providing people bring their own CE marked containers).
The brewery, at 3 Heathfield, Stacey Bushes, is open for takeout between 5pm and 8pm on Fridays and 12pm and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Blackpit Brewery, Stowe
The brewery stocks cases of 12 bottles of a number of its beers – with a mixed case also available.
The brewery is open for click and collect – with the option of ordering online and then collecting it from the brewery’s taproom between 5pm and 7pm on Fridays.
Hornes Brewery, Bow Brickhill
The brewery offers a range of delivery services and say they operate a ‘knock n run’ service to ensure social distancing is respected at all times.
There is free local delivery within 15 miles of the brewery on orders over £25. There is a £10 delivery fee for orders under £50 and more than 15 miles from the brewery.
There is a free delivery offer for areas more than 15 miles away on orders of more than £50.
The brewery offers click and collect from the contactless locker system outside the brewery. There is also free home delivery, with a minimum spend of £20, to addresses in HP5, HP6, HP7, HP8, HP10, HP11, HP12, HP13, HP14, HP15, HP16 & HP27.
Vale Brewery, Brill
The brewery asks people to call ahead and pre-order to avoid disappointment, with 48 hours notice needed to prepare Bright beer.
The brewery shop is open between 10am and 2pm on Friday and Saturday.
Concrete Cow Brewery, Milton Keynes
The Bradwell Abbey offer free delivery within Milton Keynes within 48 hours, among other delivery options.
Alternatively you can collect your purchase from the brewery, which is on Alston Drive.
Rebellion Beer Co, Marlow
Although the brewery itself is closed due to Covid-19, their drive-through remains open. The drive-through, which does not require pre-ordering and sells beer, wine, cider, spirits and local produce, is open between 9am and 6pm Monday to Wednesday and 9am until 7pm between Thursday and Saturday.
There is also free local delivery from their online shop. Orders of £10 of beer or more get free delivery within 10 miles. Anywhere between 10 and 17 miles has free delivery on a £30 minimum order.
There is also a courier service for delivery outside the area.
The Chiltern Brewery, Terrick
There is a range of draught beer and mini-kegs available for local delivery for those who live within a 20 mile radius of brewery, which is in the village of Terrick near Wendover.
Delivery within that area is free on orders of more than £30.
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