• Heather

May's Beery News

Updated: May 7

This newsletter is full of good news for you lot! (as a well done for being good and staying indoors!)

Firstly, there are some super virtual events coming up to entertain you, see what’s happening in this first section. If you know about something that I don’t – get in touch with me (Heather) at bristolhoppers@outlook.com

Even more good news is that most of Bristol's breweries are still brewing away & delivering their offerings to your door to help keep you sane! Hear what they are up to here.

Finally, there’s sections on pubs offering take-outs and deliveries (all of which I use on my beer tours as they do such a good job at supporting our local breweries & give great service), some super ways that you can support your local and links to our independent bottle shops.

Stay safe, sane and keep supporting our independent businesses if you can. Enjoy the read!

Virtual Events

This Bank Holiday Weekend - East Bristol Brewery Trail (at home)

"This bank holiday should see the first East Bristol Brewery Trail of the year, and all five breweries involved are so disappointed not to be rolling up the shutters to welcome you all as we have done on May Day weekend since 2016

We’re thankful for your support over the years, but particularly at this difficult time, and would love to see your own #EBBTathome pictures – as announced later on in this blog Good Chemistry are now selling 5L Bag In Box of their cask beers, which, alongside the existing draught, bottles and cans on sale from Arbor, Dawkins, LHG and Moor, means you can put together your own virtual tour of your favourite local breweries!

We’ll repost your photos on @EastBrisBrewTrail so lets get together as best we can at the moment and celebrate #EBBTathome!"

See the bottle shops at the bottom of the page to get a selection of beers from the East Bristol breweries.

Sunday 10th - Belly Laughs

"Bristol, have we got a treat for you! On Sunday 10th May at 7:30pm sharp, Mark Olver will be bringing his own unique brand of belly laughs back to life for one special night of lockdown entertainment.

It's time for #BellyLaughsAtHome - a night of Bristol based comedy for four good causes!

With contributions from some of his comedian friends and familiar Bristol faces (including Russell Howard, Jon Richardson, Alex Lovell, Jayde Adams, John Robins, Joe Wilkinson and many more to be announced) he’ll be celebrating our glorious city in a live streamed one-off gig whilst raising money for these four incredibly important local charities.

It wouldn’t be a Belly Laughs gig without a good meal so we’re also encouraging everyone to join us with a takeaway from their favourite Bristol independent (be it food or drink or both!). We’ll be sharing links to our favourites in the coming days, some with special offers just for Belly Laughs supporters, so keep an eye on our twitter, facebook and instagram accounts for more details. **Lost & Grounded are offering a special Belly Laughs Beer Box!**

Click here for more info or to make a donation (suggested donation for a ticket is £4)

Friday 15th - Wild Beer's Virtual Beer & Cheese Festival

"We are bringing the Beer & Cheese festival BACK, all be it virtually! 🍺+🧀

With a heavy heart, we had to cancel this year's festival which was due to take place on May 16th. We are, however, bringing it back with a night of entertainment and plenty of beer & cheese courtesy of ourselves and Westcombe Dairy!

We have put together two amazing Beer & Cheese tasting boxes for you to purchase ahead of the event on Friday 15th. We will be tasting through 4 epic Beer & Cheese pairings with you where you can join in the festivities from your own home!

Here are the two tasting boxes: https://www.wildbeerco.com/updates/stories/article/live-beer-cheese-festival-online

Every Monday - The Good Measure Pub Quiz

"We’ll be bringing back our pub quiz online, so you can enjoy obscure trivia and a sense of routine in these uncertain times! The specialist round on 6th is British Sitcoms!

See you 6.30pm on Monday on Instragram 🍻"

Brewery News


"This is a really tough time for everyone, but the last thing anyone needs is to go through it without beer.

We’re taking orders online for delivery locally and nationally. The shop can be found at www.arborales.co.uk

Delivery timings are:-

Local: Order before 11.00 for same day delivery Mon-Sat

UK Mainland: Order before 14.00 for next working day delivery

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the incredible support we’ve been receiving this week. We really appreciate every single can sale at the moment. Our number one priority is keeping the team together and ensuring they all get paid.

Jon & Meg (Arbor)"

Croft Ales

"We have fresh draft beer from Croft Ales dispensed direct from the tap for each order as well as bottled and canned.

Head over to www.thebeervan.com to place your order now - Next Day Delivery in Central Bristol, BS1 to BS10, sometimes even sooner! and next day dispatch for all other areas."

20% discount for NHS workers!


"Dawkins Ales now have a Free Home Delivery Service throughout Bristol - mixed cases of bottles and other options too. Check out the link for more information: http://www.dawkinsales.com/webshop.html

Please contact us directly by email at beers@dawkinsales.com or just call 01179 559503”

Fierce & Noble

Introducing 1 litre glass bottles of fresh beer. "Be sure to sign up to our newsletter for when new beers (canned and bottled) go live as everything is selling super quick! fierceandnoblebrewery.myshopify.com

OVER 1400 PINTS SOLD SO FAR! 🔥 Bristol we will be delivering this Thursday/Friday ready for the Bank Holiday! If you have bottles that you want re-used then use our unique recycle discount code... "RECYCLE13" and simply leave your previously used Fierce & Noble bottles out on Friday Morning and we will collect them!" Link below ⬇️⬇️ https://fierceandnoblebrewery.myshopify.com/collections/all

Good Chemistry

"We’re incredibly excited to make our delicious cask beers available across Bristol this week, all ready to celebrate the bank holiday weekend and East Bristol Brewery Trail at home!

We have three of our favourite beers in 5L (nearly 9 pints!) Bag In Box containers: Time Lapse, Storms Pass and Common Thread. They’re on sale through our website (http://goodchemistrybrewing.co.uk/where-to-buy/), for collection from GCHQ in St Philips or our pub The Good Measure in Redland this Thursday, or home delivery on Friday, all ready to get your long weekend started!

More details on our blog here: http://goodchemistrybrewing.co.uk/blog/


Left Handed Giant

Your bank holiday beers. From Tuesday 6th (from midday) you can order:

LHG | Brewpub Single Hop Mosaic 4.%

LHG | Brewpub Sky Above 4.5% Fresh Batch


Bristol local deliveries:

FREE same-day delivery for all orders in before 2pm!

Delivery days:

Wednesday through Saturday

BS1 - BS9 or 4 miles from BS2 0JE

Minimum order £20


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Lost & Grounded

"First and foremost we are blown away by the incredible community response to the unprecedented effect of Covid-19 across the board.

Our main aim immediately is to keep our team together through this and we need you to help us just as we will in turn help you.

We brew lush beer and we are happy to offer the following options to get our great beers out to you with minimum fuss.

Here is the link for our web shop for postal orders and home deliveries. :


Thank you so much for supporting Independent businesses - it’s imperative we all stay safe, show kindness and thoughtfulness and most importantly support each other so we all make it through. We are in this together for the long haul. 🌏♥️

We are really excited as we can now offer 20% off for NHS WORKERS at checkout - just use the code and your NHS email. "


"We are now offering home deliveries to most BS (Bristol) postcodes on orders over £25, simply head to our webshop and enter the code: BRISTOLBEER at the checkout. Excluded postcodes are BS22-BS29

This will be delivered same day if placed before 11am and we will deliver Monday-Friday 11:30-17:00

If you are outside of this area, place a £50+ order and get free shipping, just enter code: FREESHIP at the checkout.

We will be using this time to redo our taproom ready for a big opening party when this has all blown over. We would like to thank everyone (including Heather) who has and is continuing to support us during this time.

And never forget… DRINK MOOR BEER!"

New Bristol Brewery

"If you’re missing a freshly poured pint then this is the closest you’re gonna get!

We’re delivering pints of our award winning, freshly poured beers daily to the good folks of Bristol! Plus the NHS get a 50% discount - as we know how important a pint can be to unwind! Thanks for all the support guys, we’ve been overwhelmed by the love!! Send us your pics of you enjoying our beers - a prize for our favourites!"

Good news: Noel is happy to be brewing again and a canning line is on order!

Here's the link to order your beer delivery - https://newbristolbrewery.myshopify.com/


"Get our beer + pizza delivered by Deliveroo. 50% off NHS & emergency services.

Our opening hours for delivery (via Deliveroo) for both beer & pizza are now Wednesday to Saturday 4-9:45pm and beer only 12-4pm Friday & Saturday.

Each week our beer menu changes with a range of fresh cask and keg beer served fresh in 1L bottles alongside our very own wood-fired sourdough pizzas. The combo deals are great value with now an increased range of pizzas including a vegan option and a delicious puttanesca!

We have also added wine, lager, cider and a non-alcoholic distilled spirit to the menu which are all sourced from other local producers. We’re trying to do out bit to support other where we can.

All info on how to order and menus : https://www.tapestrybrewery.com/delivery

We are back brewing, with a Swingball which has just been racked and a Latest Haze in tank. We will also be trialling a few new things over the coming weeks and we’re also looking into new small pack formats so watch this space!"

Wild Beer

"Thanks to everyone for joining in with the Friday online tastings. The uptake has been amazing which has been great!

Here's our beer news:

- 5L Mini Keg Launch. "We are incredibly excited to be able to bring you draft Wild Beer to your own homes! We already have 4 of our beers released into the kegs and have a whole heap of others planned to launch too!"

- We are re-releasing an old favourite on Friday - 'Madness' and another favourite 'Tepache' both we are super excited about.

- For the bank holiday, we have released extra-special mixed cases - take a look on the website.

Free Delivery on orders over £50

Mixed cases, bottles, cans, soft drinks and spirits available. Click here to order"

Wiper and True

"We're dropping freshly canned cases of beer to your doorsteps ☀️

Place your orders for free home delivery across Bristol and now even nationwide via the link: https://wiperandtrue.com/order-beer-online

We've got two beers being canned in May. One is an old faithful that we're delighted to be bringing back out and canning for the first time ever. The second is a seasonal favourite that always goes down a storm - fingers crossed we get a bit of sun to accompany that one... We'll announce the beers on our social channels, so stay tuned!

We're also working hard to get mixed cases up and running, as well as bringing back mini kegs if possible! 

Here's a nice photo somebody sent of their cat with our beers!"

Pubs offering take-outs and delivery

The Beer Emporuim

"We are bringing The Beer Emporium to the people of Bristol every Friday. 

Offering FREE delivery, FREE bar snacks and giving away an exclusive stemmed pint TBE glass, also complimentary. 

We were saving the glasses for a special occasion but what better occasion than our local customers supporting us by ordering beer. 

The bottle shop is now open from 12noon to 3pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting May.

We have set the place up using Government guidelines to create a safe environment for all. 

We would love to see people pop in when out on their essential walk to get some essential beer. 

Currently we have new beer Paloma from BBF fresh from the cask at £3 a pint. 

(bring your own container) Check our social media to see what's on tap each week.

We are also finalising our Web Beer Shop which we will be launching soon.

Keep an eye on social media for launch date. In the meantime, email lisa@thebeeremporium.net for the full beer list.

All for the love of beer!"

The Orchard

We're delivering great cider, cheese, snacks and sometimes beer (at the time of writing this, Arbor's Zero Zero) to BS1 - BS10.

Collections & refills also welcome from the pub 12 - 6pm daily.

"Above are the ciders currently available, but they will be changing regularly & updated on the website/instagram/Facebook.

Here’s the link with all the info on placing orders : https://www.orchardinn.co.uk/orders "

The Robin Hood

Minikegs, cans & bag in boxes. Visit the website www.robinhoodbristol.co.uk


Beer and pizza for delivery and collection.

For delivery, find us on Uber Eats. To arrange an order for collection, give us a shout on 0117 974 3567.

Companies helping you to help your local pub

Save Pub Life (gernerously set up by The Budweiser Brewing Group)

Buy a voucher to use in the pub when they reopen and they will kindly match the amount as a donation to the pub.

So, if you buy a £20 voucher the pub receives £40 right away to help them through this tough time and you get to spend your £20 on a night out later down the line. Everyone (except Budweiser) is a winner!

Bristol pubs include The Orchard, The Old Bookshop, The Crown, Golden Guinea, Rising Sun, Southbank Club and music venue Exchange.

Buy your vouchers now (minimum £10) https://savepublife.com

Indie Kitty (kindly organised by Wriggle)

There are oodles of your favourite independent boozers and eateries on here. Buy a voucher, from just £5, for you to use later. Wriggle have removed all of their usual fees, so the venue gets all of the money to help see them through until better times.

Buy your vouchers here (minimum £5) https://getawriggleon.com

Bottle Shops

At Beer Necessities it's "£2 delivery in Bristol same day up until 12pm on the day and all our beer is cold stored." https://www.beer-necessities.co.uk/shop

Bottles and Books website for delivery is now live.

"With over 400 Craft Beers, Ciders & other delicious items to choose from!

Extended our delivery zone to BS1-BS16, BS32, BS34, BS35, BS36, BS37 & BS41. Delivery days are Thurs, Fri & Sat but may not be same day as we plan best delivery routes. "


Brewers Droop: "Fancy some beer in the sun delivered to your door? Visit our website thebrewersdroop.co.uk for same day or next day local delivery! (3 to 4 days for national)

Same goes for our home brewing gear and ingredients. Get a brew on while you drink the time away!"

Coffee + Beer are doing free local delivery at the moment. Caffeine fixes available! https://www.coffeeandbeer.co.uk/

Free delivery if you live within a mile of a Corks store https://corksofbristol.com/

My own status (Bristol Hoppers)

Bristol Hoppers uses dozens of independent small businesses across Bristol, from the places we visit to the beer we drink. These business owners and their staff are my friends and it’s a terrifying time for them.

I am lucky. Bristol Hoppers is just me (Heather). I have no staff on my books and I have a part time job that pays my bills. Bristol Hoppers has money in the account that I don't need to use. My business can patiently wait out the virus and, with your help, thrive once the virus has passed.

🍺 Interested in taking one of my guided or self-guided beer tours?

Use the code BetterTimesAhead for 10% off gift vouchers.

This allows me to happily tell the pubs & breweries that Bristol Hoppers customers are on their way as soon as they are allowed to be!

10% is also off future tour dates, which I have put up as far ahead as Autumn. 🍺

You are already on my website! Use the menu bar at the top to see what I do (usually!)

Thanks for reading!

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