Brewery delivers beer by horse and cart to Yorkshire locals
Yorkshire based brewery Sam Smith has been keeping locals very happy indeed
Samuel Smith brewery has pubs in every corner of the UK, but that doesn't mean they've forgotten about their Yorkshire roots.
Oh no: Yorkshire's oldest brewery is making sure everyone in Tadcaster and Stutton in North Yorkshire – the villages closest to the brewery itself – are freshly watered. They've harnessed up the brewery's two very own shire horses to deliver beer to residents.
For the horses, this is just another day at the office. They usually spend their days making the rounds, delivering barrels to local pubs. The brewery set up the traditional-style delivery service 15 years ago. Of course, with pubs closed, they have been idle, and since horses aren't eligible for furloughing, the brewery have got them delivering beer directly to customers.
Simon Crook, the unfortunately named stable manager at the brewery, said: “We’re making people’s lives a bit happier, more smilier. The children are absolutely loving it because they’ve got nothing to do now. They come out when they hear us, they’re waving but keeping their distance.”
Given the kid-friendly nature of the whole thing, it's a shame their delivering beer and not something sweet. "Start em young, I say", said no one from the brewery.
Simon added that the service had initially been started as a way to keep the horses fit and healthy during lockdown. “Our horses have to go out on a daily basis. They’re not show horses, they’re meant to work,” said Crook.
Locals can order the beer online or from the brewery's on-site deli, The Little Delicatessen in Tadcaster. Come delivery day, they must of course stay two metres away from the cart while bottles of beer – sold in packs of 12 – are placed on doorsteps.
Crook and a colleague take the two horses round on delivery runs five days a week, and wear gloves in an effort to protect themselves against the virus. It's said some hoof shaped latex gloves are still in the early phases of product testing.