COVID-19; An update
Some good news — we're still here and we are brewing beer.
I'd like to thank all of our customers for the lovely support shown
over the last horrible few months. We've taken a big hit — there is no
getting away from it — but we are still here and it
is all down to you.
We have, thus far, received no financial help from government at
all. The myriad schemes to support the hospitality industry have all
mysteriously been targeted elsewhere. Our temporary licenses have now
run out and no permanent license variations have been forthcoming.
Some customers still owe us for beer delivered over 4 months ago,
long before lockdown. The small operations we are happy to work with
(we understand!) but two companies are PLC's — City Pub Company PLC
and Cineworld PLC — and both are refusing to take our calls or pay
what is due. I'm sure such behaviour will not go unnoticed.
The pubs are now re-opening. Our pubs will restart this coming
weekend. You will notice some changes, both big and small, while we
adapt our pubs to operate with appropriate customer and staff safety
to the fore. We are staging our re-openings, whilst we feel our way in
this new world. We hope our customers will understand that this is a
learning process for all of us. Please monitor our social media pages
for announcements. We'll endeavour to keep up to date.
While half the brewery staff, and all of the pub staff were
furloughed we remained busy. The Haymakers acted as a hub for the Red
Hen charity throughout the lockdown — supporting local families in
need. The Pegasus Cup rowing competition happened in cyberspace this
year — and we raised ~£3600 for Milton Children's Hospice.
The brewery remains open for polypin and firkin collections. We
have found it necessary to raise our prices. These are now given on
the website for each beer. We now take card payments.
We look forward to supplying good pubs with our great local
beer. Please continue to support these businesses as we all attempt to
get back to normal.
2nd July 2020