Twenty-one years ago I founded Milton Brewery.
Eighteen years ago we founded Individual Pubs, to run
pubs serving our beer.
The journey, over those years, has been a blast. Hard work —
certainly, but fun and rewarding. We built a couple of small,
profitable businesses. Not wildly, buy yourself a Caribbean island
profitable, but steady enough.
With the Beer Tree, we've raised
over £50,000 for various deserving causes.
We've paid all our taxes, and all our staff, and our suppliers.
And seven weeks ago, a new virus entered the UK.
On Monday 16th March, the Prime Minister — Boris Johnson, announced
that the UK population should no longer use pubs. On March 20th pubs
were ordered closed. Our business stopped. Supplying beer to pubs and
selling beer in pubs is what we do. And now we can't. We operated one
pub, the Haymakers, as a takeaway for a few days but the risks are not
worth it — to our staff and for our customers — so we stopped that
Some of our customers have been wonderful, though closed themselves
they've paid on time — early in some cases. Others haven't. Some
haven't paid for beer that they sold in January. Big (Brewdog plc) and
small (Plough, Shepreth) enterprises have shown their true,
appallingly mendacious, colours in this time.
Our staff are now 'furloughed'. They will be paid, up to the
government mandated limit.
Us directors receive no such support. We were paid out of
profits. And there aren't any.
Milton Brewery does not bottle our beers, nor do we sell cans. It
wouldn't matter much if we did. We are not licensed to sell it this
way. The government has been asked to make an exception for breweries
like us, but has so far declined.
We are allowed to sell polypins and firkins from the brewery, so with appropriate measures, that is what we will continue to do. We will ask you to pay by bank transfer (contactless only works to £45 now). We can place the beer in your vehicle. Order by email or phone (01223 862067)
One day, this horrible virus will go away. We hope to still be
here. At the heart of the community, making great beer.
Please stay safe and we'll get through this.
28th March 2020
31 March 2020: Brewdog have paid up. At last.
20 April 2020: So have the Plough, Shepreth.