The state of the brewing industry

Our Directors Mike and Keith were interviewed by the Shoreham Herald last week for their take on the state of the industry, in light of the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, and how it's impacted us at Riverside Brewery.
Isabella Cipirska from the paper took notes as they spoke about the industry-wide 49% drop in sales compared to 2019, even after the re-opening of bars and pubs. They also discussed how small breweries like ours also now face the very real possibility of the government rolling back its Small Breweries tax relief, bringing extra financial hardship. With the funds from the grant which was made available to small businesses starting to run dry, and many of the Christmas markets that we would normally attend being cancelled, the near future looks tough. 
But, it’s not all doom and gloom — Keith and Mike also discussed how it was always our intention to roll out an online store and to offer home deliveries, but as the pandemic took hold, we decided to implement those e…

Mead: Not just for monks!

Mead. Wonderful, wonderful fermented honey! Ranging anything from 3.5%* to up to 20% ABV, carbonated or still, ‘pure’ or with additives such as spices or hops, mead is as varied as it is refreshing. 
Until we did a little delving, the assumption here at Riverside was that the monks of old had a hand in its conception. In fact, origins of the fermentation of honey date right back to 7000BC in Northern China — way before Friar Tuck was waving his gourd around!
It is certainly true that monks in Europe kept the tradition alive, as taxes forced the higher alcohol volumes out of fashion, and as a by-product of their beekeeping.
Today it’s been largely supplanted by beer, wine and spirits, but if you’ve never experienced it, with the warm weather on it’s way, we would absolutely recommend giving it a try. There are some great varieties out there — we produce our own ‘pure’ Beeding Mead which, at 3.5%, is perfect accompaniment to a long summer afternoon! 
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