Brewery gives away surplus beer left over after lockdown in exchange for NHS donation – The Sun

A BREWERY is giving away its surplus beer due to the coronavirus lockdown with drinkers having to make a donation to the NHS.

The Alnwick Brewery Company in Northumberland has said people have to turn up with their own containers to get their hands on some of their cask beer.

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One local even joked “he would arrive with a bathtub,” according to the brewery.

The firm was left with dozens of casks not drunk when pubs were put on a strict lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Each cask holds around 70 pints (40 litres).

Co-owner Ian Robinson said: "We'd brewed up in anticipation of Easter. Suddenly the business was shut down and we thought 'what can we do with this?’

"It's all very well giving it away but why not try to raise some money through donations?

"The beer has a relatively short lifespan and we're down to its last three weeks so we'll be doing this for the next few Fridays."

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The brewery has already managed to raise about £450 through previous giveaways on two Fridays and the shop in Alnwick town centre will be open later for another collection from its cellar, according to the BBC.

Mr Robinson added: "Someone arrived with two 20-litre containers.

"We've had people with empty Coke bottles and things of all shapes and sizes.

"The camaraderie and banter when they're queuing up has been really amusing.

"Some people have been coming on bikes and farmers have been walking in. Certainly not everyone has been coming by car."

The brewery added it was applying social distancing measures to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

Although some of the brewery’s staff have been furloughed the firm has continued working.

Cakes, biscuits and toiletries have already been donated by the firm to the dementia department at Newcastle General Hospital and care homes in the local area.

Pubs are likely to be one of the last areas of the leisure industry to reopen once restrictions are lifted.

Responding to a question Cabinet office minister Michael Gove said: "The other inference that I draw from your question, which is that areas of hospitality will be among the last to exit the lockdown — yes, that is true.”

According to the Traffic Lights re-opening plan, which emerged mid-April, pubs will be the last to re-open during the process of ending lockdown.

A government advisor has said pubs could be ordered to ration pints to drinkers, with Brits possibly limited to three pints.


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