British breweries struggling to cope with beer demand ahead of hyped pub reopenings – Latest News

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It’s thought pubs, restaurants and cafes would initially be permitted to serve customers in outdoor spaces. such as gardens or terraces.

News this week that pubs should begin reopening in early July has been well-received by thirsty Brits, who have been deprived since March 20 due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Pubs should be reopening across the UK from early July, and breweries have their work cut out for them as they try to produce enough beer for when thirsty Brits return

Breweries are working hard in preparation for the July reopening of pubs across the UK

Head Brewer Elliott Collett adds hops to a tank of beer at Saltaire Brewery in Shipley, West Yorkshire

Elliott performing a gravity test on some freshly brewed beer

Andrew Bullock, a brewery operative, fills casks with beer at Saltaire Brewery

Empty bottles being loaded onto the production line

Saltaire Brewery has been overwhelmed with orders for home-delivered bottled beer

The beer is tested before it goes into the casks

Andy Watling, warehouse manager, loads up vans with bottles of beer

Breweries across the UK are ramping up production today as they gear up for the long-awaited return of the great British boozer.

Nick Helliwell, co-owner of Saltaire Brewery in West Yorks., said he “cannot wait” for pubs to reopen as he has huge stocks of booze ready to go.

Now breweries, most of which have seen sales plummet in recent months, are bracing for the upcoming rush by preparing thousands upon thousands of gallons of beer.

“Our people are working away as we speak.”

“Our brewers are ready and raring to go with casks of beer as soon as the pubs are ready to take deliveries again.

The 43-year-old said: “This crisis has been difficult for everyone but we’re now looking forward to things gradually returning to normal.

The government has not formally set a date yet for the reopening of pubs and restaurants; however, a spokesman this week said they were aiming for an easing from July.

In April and May Saltaire Brewery, which has furloughed around 10% of its 40 staff, produced 3,000 fewer gallons of beer compared to that period in 2019, amounting to a 30% decrease.

Mr Helliwell said he expects landlords to start placing orders at the end of June and that his brewery is already preparing for things to ramp up.

Number 10 has downplayed reports of the date being brought forward to this month.

He added that cask sales, which go to pubs, amounted for 40% of trade pre-lockdown.

Mr Helliwell said: “We have had almost no cask or keg sales at all, that side of the business more or less disappeared overnight.”

Mr Helliwell said: “We have actually struggled to keep up with demand on that side of things.”

Despite that side of the business floundering Saltaire Brewery has managed to maintain business by massively increasing home deliveries of bottled beer.

Breweries are working hard in preparation for the July reopening of pubs across the UK (Image: Dan Rowlands / SWNS.com)

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