How to help beer survive COVID-19

This is a difficult time for everyone. While we are all staying at home, the hospitality sector has been hit hard and pubs, bars and breweries are feeling it. If you are reading I hope that this doesn’t include you, but if it does know that you have my support and if this is a useful list, please share.

So how can you help? Here’s three ways:

1 – Support pubs and breweries through CAMRA’s Pulling Together campaign

CAMRA, in partnership with SIBA and Crowdfunder, have launched a campaign called Pulling Together (#PullingTogether) to raise awareness of the initiatives pubs and breweries are carrying out during the coronavirus crisis. Learn more here and join the Facebook group here to stay up to date with what’s going on, and help where you can.

2 – Buy directly from the brewery or pub

While it may be an essential item, the supermarket is not the only place to buy your beer. Many breweries sell their beer online, and with smaller breweries suffering the most now’s the time to order directly. So visit your favourite brewery’s website, order in your staying at home supply, and support their business in the process.

Many pubs are also launching delivery, food and/or drink, giving you another option for getting beer straight to your door.

3 – Spread the word

Tell your family. Tell your friends. Tell your neighbours (who may or may not be your friends). Share your love of beer with everyone you can, and get them involved in supporting businesses which need the help. Send them this list, and encourage them to share too if it’s something they also care about.

I know that there are sadly many businesses feeling the impact of COVID-19, not to mention those personally affected, and my heart goes out to all those that includes. We can get through this period together, and I hope that on the other side of it we will have learned the importance of community and mutual support.

An important bonus

Donate beer to NHS staff to thank them for their incredible work with Brewgooder.

Coronavirus, Staying Indoors and Six Packs

I haven’t posted here for a while. It’s been a busy few months, but now being stuck inside because of coronavirus (like most of the world) I’ve had a bit more time to settle in, drink some beers and try to distract myself from everything going on out there.

Something I’ve wanted to do for a long while is to consciously learn more about the different styles of beer – what are they are, how they’re made and why they’re different from each other. Doing a little bit of brewing myself has helped but let’s face it, tasting is much more fun.

So recently I decided to try putting together six beers of the same type to taste alongside each other and get to grips with their flavours and profiles. I’ve already started doing this with some pale ales, IPAs and lagers which I’ll be covering over the next few days, and I’ve got some porters & stouts, session IPAs and no/low alcohol beers on their way to me right now to repeat the process.

For each I’m going to do a little bit of reading up on the background of the style because hopefully that will help me understand it a bit more, and honestly because I love a bit of history. So stay tuned, stay indoors and wash your hands!