The Craft & Tap During Covid-19
On the 20th March 2020, the Government ordered the temporary closure of all pubs and bars to help limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus. We had to shut our doors immediately but, unlike some of the micro-breweries, we were supported by the Governments Small Business Grant!
Elland Brewery, our affiliated partner, lost 100% of their business overnight and in return got no help from the Government! They had to change, and they had to change fast! As Darwin purportedly said, ‘it is not the strongest of the species, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change’.
Working with them we thought of creative ways to bring you their FRESH DRAUGHT, award-winning beer. Initially, using the powers of social media, they launched a collection service for the people of Elland, West Vale, Greetland, Stainland, and Halifax. They were bowled over by the support and generosity of spirit they received during these early weeks. Take a look at just a few of their favourite comments:
"After I’d finished my bike ride this little beauty was nicely chilled and ready for me! Tastes bloody lovely! Good on ya! I’ll be back for more."
“A lovely clear pint, thank you”
“Very impressed with the 5 litres of 1872 Porter. Thank you”
“Another bike ride, another Elland Blonde!”
“Got mine today and crisp and clear and now five pints in cheers guys!”
“A lovely pint” “Beautiful Beer” “Thanks Elland Brewery. The perfect Friday pint”
“I have now had 2 boxes of Blonde, and enjoyed them with friends at the virtual pub in Zoom”
“Apollo Bay, superb – look how clear it is. Cheers everyone”
“Easy pick-up yesterday, very efficient, thank you – keep up the great service”
“Loving the great service guys”
We then opened a new on-line shop here at the Craft & Tap to make shipping further afield possible and make ordering and payment more streamlined and sustainable.
Local customers could still collect from the Brewery - which continues to focus on the ‘Brew and You’ and always love to see you!
With your continued help and support we, and the Brewery, will adapt and survive.
- The Whole Elland Brewery and Craft & Tap Teams.
Built With Elland In Mind
Elland Craft & Tap is the result of sitting down for a proper chat with lots of people in Elland. We asked what they love and what they don't love about pubs, so that C&T could be something everyone wanted it to be.
This was the result:
Somewhere you can feel safe.
Somewhere you can get a proper beer.
Somewhere you can talk to each other.
Somewhere you can be comfortable.
Somewhere you can drink something you haven't tried before.
Somewhere you can get authentic Yorkshire drinks and snacks.
And we're not done yet. This micropub is still evolving, and it's doing so with your help. Your ideas are always welcome, so keep 'em coming!
Championing Local Causes
We're proudly a part of this community, and as such take every opportunity to support local causes.
Right now we're working on a series of fundraising events to raise money for a local defibrillator, as there currently isn't one in Elland!
Special thanks also have to go to our partners in this cause - the Elland Round Table Group who are providing match-funding when we reach our target!
Steve and Mike, our owners, are both associates of Elland Brewery and seriously passoinate about good beer.
So while C&T isn't a part of the brewery, we've got a pretty close relationship.
Before we opened, it was quite hard to find any of the [multi-award-winning] Elland Brewery beers in Elland! Mike, Steve, and many more people thought that should change, and so you can now always find a healthy stock of Elland Brewery beers in the Elland Craft & Tap!