Brewery bar back with a bang!
And just like that, the bar is back! Or as the CAMRA campaign goes, "Cask is BACK, so back CASK".
Monday 12th April, saw the reopening of pubs across the country, although many are still unable to, and some may never. Despite the still fairly low temperatures, we were met with golden sunshine for pub-goers to bask in. This was a blessing, since outside, seated-service is currently the only option.
What a joy it was to see all our regulars, and some newcomers, back in the mill garden. The pints poured (plus the odd glass of wine), and conversation flowed. It was certainly fantastic for us to see our beer fresh from the hand pump straight into the customers' hands. Hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves and felt safe, or at least safe enough to come back again. We are still learning, and adapting to the new normal, but at least there is beer, to soften the edges.
Monday played out somewhat like a Bank Holiday, with many taking the day off work to celebrate the re-opening of the local. Thankfully, for them, and us, we persuaded our friends at Corner Farm to come down and cook up a storm. Their rare breed burgers and sausages went down a storm. I think it goes without saying, we can't wait to have them join us again.
Keeping you (and us) safe
The new rules mean that everyone over the age of 16 must sign in, either by scanning the QR code, or by signing away their soul on our state-of-the-art sign-in sheet. Don't worry we won't be selling your phone number to telemarketers in India, we keep the data securely, before destroying it (probably with fire, dancing, and chanting) after 21 days.
Another fun rule we have to adhere to (because we don't want to get told off) says that you must remain seated while ordering, being served, and consuming alcohol on the premises. As annoying as it is, we do ask you to comply, however you do not need to ask our permission to get up and use the toilets (this isn't school, even if the boss man was a headteacher in a former life).
Whilst we are talking about sitting down (outside...I like to point this out just to ruin the mood) you also need to remember that government guidelines state that you should be in groups no larger than six (which is fine, as the tables aren't big enough for much more), or two households. We have ABSOLUTE faith that everyone will stick to this, and that we won't need to punish anyone by throwing them in the composting hop bag.
New opening times
From now on, we will be continuing to open our doors 7 days a week (although you can't come inside yet, unless you are buying to take away.) Our new bar service times will be:
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 to 20:00
Sunday: 12:00 to 18:00
Shop open from 10am Monday to Friday
Of course, come May 17th we 'may' (pun intended) be allowed to welcome you back inside. We are hoping to expand our indoor seating area, by taking some of our storage offsite. This will be good news come next Autumn/Winter, because it has been bloody cold sitting outside. Mind you, it's pretty cold inside the brewery too (my fingers are about to drop off as I type!)
Xtreme tap takeover
Thursday 22nd April sees a tap takeover by Peterborough based brewery Xtreme Ales. We will have 3 of their beers on over the weekend:
Pigeon Ale 4.3% ABV late hopped with Simcoe
PiXie 3.7% ABV American Pale Ale
Red FoX 4.5% ABV Red Ale hopped with Simcoe and Cascade