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UK brewery launches 'Deliverbroo' service as coronavirus stops pub visits

The UK's coronavirus outbreak may have stopped some people visiting pubs and restaurants - but one Scottish brewery is keeping its customers stocked with libations despite "social distancing". 

Drygate Brewing Co. in Glasgow has launched a delivery service to bring beer and pub food to customers, while also supporting NHS workers and food banks as they face unprecedented pressure due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Glasgow punters can place an order via the Drygate website before 12pm and get beer from the brewery delivered the same day, with next-day delivery available for Edinburgh residents. 

Hoot food including loaded fries, pizza and burgers from the Drygate Brasserie is also available to order within the Glasgow area - with 50 per cent off all food orders for NHS workers.

At an especially difficult time for society's less fortuante, Drygate is also enabling people to support their communities with the relaunch of its successful Can for a Can initiative, which will see dedicated drivers collect donated food items and household essentials and courier them to local food banks. 

Rob MacKay, creative and marketing director at Drygate Brewing Co., said: "In this time of crisis, the people of Scotland can show the world that their kindness, compassion and community spirit are unmatched. Drygate is fully committed to doing its part, by remaining resilient and delivering good beer and food to a deserving community.

"We are blown away by the tireless work done by those at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Drumchapel Food Bank and are delighted to be able to lend our support."

As the coronavirus outbreak worsens, the UK hospitality sector is calling for more financial support from the government. So far Prime Minister Boris Johnson not mandated the closure of pubs, restaurants and bars, but is encouraging the public to stay away from them as part of social distancing measures - putting extreme pressure on businesses and causing many to consider staff cuts.

20 March 2020 - Bethany Whymark