Alnwick Brewery Company steps up home delivery service during the second lockdown

Pubs may be closing but Alnwick Brewery Company has relaunched its home delivery service to supply anyone pining for a pint during lockdown.

Wednesday, 4th November 2020, 4:45 pm

The firm has been better prepared for the second lockdown, despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s surprise announcement on Saturday.

It led to queues of thirsty punters forming outside Taste of Northumbria on Market Place and collecting from its base on the Hawkhill Industrial Estate.

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Alnwick Brewery Company.

“We don’t see that happening this time,” said manager Phil Bell

“We knew the lockdown would come at some point so have been able to manage our stock. We have kept stock levels right down and if we run out of a couple of lines so be it.

“The stock levels we’ve got have a pretty good end date so if pubs reopen in a month’s time the beer will still be fine.”

He appreciates there is some doubt that will happen and admits that a prolonged lockdown would impact on business.

Phil Bell, manager of Alnwick Brewery.

“The Christmas period is huge for us,” he said. “It’s our busiest time of the year so we’re hoping the pubs are going to reopen before then.”

The lockdown rules have been relaxed to allow pubs to sell takeaway alcohol.

Pre-ordered alcohol can be collected by customers as long as they do not enter the premises. They must order their drink via a website, phone or text message. Deliveries are also allowed.

"One or two pubs might offer that service and take our beer but I can’t see huge demand for it. We hope our home delivery service will prove popular though,” said Phil.

A home delivery service is being offered during lockdown.

The brewery supplies dozens of pubs around Alnwick and the wider north Northumberland area.

Its core range of beers that are sold in both casks and bottles include the popular Alnwick Amber, Gold and IPA, as well as the Lindisfarne Brown and Holy Island Bitter made for its sister company, Lindisfarne Ltd.

To find out more about the home delivery service or to arrange collection from the brewery, call Phil Bell on 07545885352, email [email protected] or visit www.abchomedelivery.co.uk.

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