- The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we all do things, and has particularly hit the hospitality industry hard. Many venues are struggling to survive in this constantly changing world, and so need to look forward to planning as far as we can how things are going to be in the 'new normal'.
The Queen Street Brewhouse in Colchester is launching a campaign to ensure this valuable community touchstone and to remain one of the five major vendors of diverse, authentic, quality European beers in the South-East of England.
Queen Street Brewhouse is amongst the town's oldest continually occupied commercial premises, dating back to the 14th Century. In its time it has been a merchant's house, a brothel, a stonemason's workshop, a wedding shop, and an estate agents, but for the last forty years it has been a bar or club of various descriptions, becoming the Queen Street Brewhouse in 2015 when current landlord, and master brewer, Andy Skene took over.
Since then, Andy has worked hard to cement the QSB's reputation as a touchstone, as well as becoming a treasure trove of authentic, diverse European beers that Andy has curated using his brewing knowledge and genuine love of bringing rare and interesting ales to both connoisseurs and curious casual drinkers alike.
Project Brewhouse, with your help and support this will allow it to evolve into a business that can not only weather the extreme challenges that current restrictions bring with them, but also plan for the future, to ensure the longevity of this important and vital local business.
To do so doesn't come without a cost, however, and so we are looking to raise £40,000 to enable the QSB to put this plan into motion, and to make this evolution a reality. The money will be used for a variety of things, chief among them the following:
> Improving the QSB’s outside space to allow for increased capacity while maintaining appropriate social distancing measures.
> Building on the QSB's global reputation, and the need to develop new methods of income in light of social distancing restrictions which are likely to remain in place in various forms for the foreseeable future, there are plans for taking the QSB experience into people's homes for those who can't be there in person, which will involve investment in video and broadcasting equipment.
> General, non-specific, and ad hoc costs that always arise on projects
As you can see, Project Brewhouse is ambitious, but with your help financially or just by sharing this campaign among your circles of influence, it is absolutely achievable.