As a ‘live’ product, cask ale requires not only craft and care but also a fast turnover. What do beer drinkers do with pubs shut due to Covid-19? And what do the pubs do with their beer supplies sitting in the cellar? The Jolly Fisherman micropub is confronting the crisis by bringing the pub to its drinkers. 

Once a cask of real ale has been tapped, it must be drunk in the next three days to be at its best. The Jolly Fisherman’s owners Becky and Oliver Bostwick now post a list of their cask and keg beers on a Monday and take orders throughout the week for a Friday afternoon delivery, ready for the weekend. The beer comes in 2 litre containers that can be picked up and re-used. 

The pub is known for its well-chosen range, and its bottled and tinned beers and other drinks can also be delivered alongside draught beer orders. One speciality is craft cider; they had built up a stock for a Spring cider festival and have around ten on sale. I can highly recommend the Pilton’s, to name just one.

For orders: Free delivery of draught beer to Hastings and St Leonards, £2 to Bexhill and surrounding villages (7 mile max). Packaged beers, cider wine and mixers can be added to any draught order for free delivery, or a minimum order of £30.
Order before Thursday 11.00pm for delivery Friday afternoon. 

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