There's a push (and high court hearing) that pubs should be able to open indoors, that they're perfectly safe, that landlords are responsible.

But then you have a look at the photos of the beer gardens ready to welcome people back and you can see that the rules aren't even...
...bring adhered to for outside drinking.

Tables are too close together to allow for the needed social distancing (at least 1m between the people sat at them).

Covered areas have covered sides (at least 50% needs to be clear).

If pubs can't even get this right, and are...
...happily promoting that knowing that like last time there'll be little to no inspection let alone enforcement, what honestly makes you think they'll be able to open safely indoors?

The usual response is they're safer than shops. That doesn't matter.
It should be asked...
...Are they as safe as staying at home?

And if you run a pub with a beer garden that falls foul of the rules, FFS sort it out.
Additional: Don't even get me started on the general public's behaviour. Far too many people not wearing masks, not distancing, not giving a shit about anyone other than themselves.

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5 Apr
The PM has announced that beer gardens can indeed open from Monday April 12th, so we'll now start opening bookings.

We're opening 10am to 2pm, with booking slots for 10 to 12 and 12 to 2.

We'll start with the 7 tables we've got ready to go, and add more when we can.
To book, please email with your preferred slot and how many people will be with you.

All our tables seat 6, so if it's just a couple of you let us know if you don't mind sharing.

Strictly 1st come 1st reserved.
And after 2pm me and @thesmokeybacon will be off to see where we can get a pint.
Read 5 tweets
3 Apr
Okay folks, there's no way we could win this.

We could put up a good fight, we could be the scrappy underdog.

But I think it would be better that those who would vote for use made their vote count.

So I would ask you, rather than vote for us, vote for @AbbeydaleBeers
Right from my way days as an ale drinker @AbbeydaleBeers have been there brewing some of the best cask beer you'll find.

In more recent times they got @Jim_Rangeley on board and have been doing @AbbeydaleFunk, at the very cutting edge of English mixed fermentation and sour...
...beers of the highest quality.

They've not had the hype, but they've had the quality.

Every single person I've met from @AbbeydaleBeers over all those years has been so friendly, so helpful, so fricking craft.

Whether it's been about the beers they brew, and helping...
Read 8 tweets
3 Nov 20
Hi I'd like to buy two bottles of your beer made on the premises near where I live.

I'm sorry sir, could you please step outside and use your mobile device to preorder it for click and collect.
*fills trolley with multinational owned brands in a multinational owned supermarket

That'll do nicely sir.
This isn't a victory for drinkers.

This is the bare minimum they can get away with.
Read 6 tweets
3 Nov 20
Here's a quick thought on the difference between the spirit of the law, and the letter of it. Seeing as we're still waiting on clarification on whether we can sell our beer as off sales, or if that's just restricted to multinational supermarket chains.

At the moment the law states that to have a pint in a pub you have to be seated and have it with a substantial table meal, and that you can only do so with members of your own household.

A separate law brought in to allow outside drinking removed the condition on premises licenses that required off-sales to be served in sealed containers. So off-sales can be by the pint, as long as it's a plastic container.

Read 6 tweets
24 Jun 20
Right, initial thoughts on the government's new guidence for reopening pubs....

Firstly, there are some major things missing. There's in the document, here and there, but you have to go looking for them.

So here's a roundup of what pubs need to do to be compliant... /1
The first, and possibly most important thing to be aware of is the new social distancing guidelines. The difference between 2m and 1m+.

Where possible, 2m is *still* the rule. You need to try and keep 2m distance between everything if you can.

If for practicle reasons you can't keep 2m distance, you can have 1m+. With the + being mitigations.

They don't really give clear definitions of the mitigations, but just hints. So what are they?

That's down to each establishment to work out. It's what you can do to help...

Read 11 tweets
14 Feb 19
So here's an interesting read for your morning while pretending to work...

There's a group called the Independent Family Brewers of Britain (IFBB) who represent the "29 family Brewers" "ifamily owned and fiercely proud of our brewing heritage"

Sounds great doesn't it?
Except, when you start looking at their members (…) you see something a little unusual...

Brakspear, Charles Wells, Thwaites, Fullers and Youngs are listed there.
Brakspear sold its beers to Wychwood via Refresh UK in 2002, and later Wychwood was bought by Marstons. Brakspear then sold its estate of 104 pubs to JT Davies, who rebranded their own 51 pubs to Brakspear. So why are they there? They're not a brewer and only own 1 pub themselves
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