THE owners of a Maghull micro-brewery have thanked locals for raising money to keep the operation going after they struggled to get government support.
Neptune Brewery, which opened in 2015, has suffered due to “little or no support” despite watching other businesses from the area get a helping hand during the virus crisis.
The brewery wasn’t included in the reduced VAT rate and also didn’t qualify for the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme.
However, Neptune Brewery owners say the ongoing support from their local community has helped them to keep positive during what has been a difficult period.
Julie O’Grady, co-owner of Neptune Brewery, and head of sales and events, said: “At the beginning of lockdown in March, we launched a Crowdfunder campaign to help support us financially, and give a little something extra to those who made a pledge.
“There was such an amazing response from the local community and further afield - we didn't envisage it would quadruple our original target.
“Since then, the support we have received has been wonderful and helped us to keep positive during this time. It still remains a really difficult period for independent businesses and the hospitality industry, but we’re glad to be able to open our doors again, as well as get beer out across the UK”.
Neptune Brewery also has a ‘taproom’, which is currently open for can and draught takeout between 3-7pm of a Friday. The taproom has also recently re-opened for customers on Saturdays.
Les O’Grady, co-owner and head brewer, said: “With the current COVID-19 restrictions, our numbers are much lower than normal but we want to keep our customers and ourselves as safe as possible. We have implemented two Saturday sessions, afternoon and evening, where people can book in and table service is in place.
“It’s been great to be able to pour pints again.”
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