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I’m sure we could all use a beer right now, as we wait for more news on alert level 3.
As things stand, the government notice for alert level 3 liquor regulations state that you’ll be able to stock up on your favourite brew on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, between 8AM and noon.
Stores are gearing up for chaos if this goes into effect, and alcohol regulatory boards are calling for longer trading hours being allowed.
Unlike South Africa, in the UK the sale of alcohol is permitted, but the bars and pubs are closed.
While food and drink suppliers can still deliver, the industry has taken a huge hit.
Pubs and bars are, after all, a huge part of British culture.
Enter Peter Brown, director of Forest Road Brewing Co. who is bringing the pub to the people.
Over to Sky News:
One London brewer has taken the idea of serving pints to a whole new level by bringing them to his customers stuck at home because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Brown, director of Forest Road Brewing Co., packs his kegs into a van with the slogan “tactical beer response unit” on the side, and heads out to Hackney to pull pints on people’s doorsteps.
He remarked that while his service doesn’t come close to knocking one back in a pub, he gets a kick out of the “pure joy on the customers’ faces when they see a cold glass of beer for the first time in six weeks”.
It’s been nearly two months since the UK government ordered Britain’s pubs and bars to close.
Last month the Society of Independent Brewers said many breweries were facing closure as sales had fallen 82%.
But for Mr Brown, who is booked up until the end of May, business is booming and he is looking into the possibility of getting another van to serve different postcodes.
Customers are big fans of the service, and one suggested that Brown, who already delivers while wearing gloves and a bandana over his mouth, should add to his outfit to reflect his superman efforts.
“The man’s a hero, simple as that. Not all heroes wear capes, but this guy should,” said Nick Bateson, a customer…
Told you they love his beer.
I think we can sympathise with their plight, here in South Africa.
While lockdown regulations against the sale and distribution of alcohol mean that we’re unlikely to see a “tactical beer response unit” of our own doing the rounds anytime soon, we can look forward to an easing of restrictions in the future.
Then it’s off to shops for a case of Sol Cerveja, and a couple of lemons to really make them pop, before taking in the autumn sun with a cold one in my hand.
Just because we were trapped indoors for the last part of summer doesn’t mean we can’t taste the sun.
When that day comes, cheers to us all.
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