by Hannah Jones
FIDLERS Ferry Sailing Club celebrated this week’s return to pubs by sending a team of inflatable boats to collect cases of beer from the Coach House brewing company.
Three inflatable boats made the trip up the river Mersey in order to collect 12 cases of beer direct from the brewer.
The Coach House brewery, which has been supplying the group’s clubhouse since 2017, had experienced a dip in sales as many pubs and venues were forced to close during the lockdown period.
However, with many reopening their doors as part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, the team were eager to see establishments once again enjoying their ales.
Martin Bailey, managing director of the Coach House brewing company, said: “We [usually]supply the sailing club with beer, and they’re coming up [to collect it]in three boats.
“It is good to promote something local, we’re Cheshire’s oldest brewery, we’re local, and they have a clubhouse here [too].
“Lockdown has been absolutely horrible, a year and a bit ago we were doing a million pints a year, last year we did 400,000.
“Normally we’d have three vans going out everyday, last week we had two vans going out on Thursday and one on the Friday.
“It’s not perfect, and I think it’ll take about a year and a bit to get back to normal, but the positive is [the team]were busy last week and they see the upside.”