Timothy Taylor’s brewery shuts down draft beer production until further notice


A West Yorkshire brewery has halted production of draft beer further north due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Launched in 1858, Timothy Taylor’s operates 19 pubs across Yorkshire while also supplying its nine beers – including its flagship Landlord pale ale – to a multitude of retailers across the UK.

But due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, which have forced all pubs in the UK to close, the Keighley company has announced that it has stopped producing beer on tap until further notice.

In a statement, the company said: “We will continue to brew beer to support our bottling business, both for retail and for our own online store timothytaylorshop.co.uk.

“During this period, the majority of our workforce will be on leave, with only key members of our team working part-time to keep the business running.”

Paul Matthews, Timothy Taylor’s Sales Director, added: “Once the reopening of our industry is confirmed, we can assure you that we will be ready to meet demand and again support our professional customers (as we were. last summer).

The news comes as the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) warns that much more financial support from the government will be needed if pubs are not to open before May.

The trade association, which represents brewers and pubs, says pubs across the UK will be lost for good if they can’t reopen by May and receive prolonged government financial support, claiming that ‘an appropriate roadmap for reopening must be published.

Emma McClarkin, Managing Director of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “We really hope that the speculation about pubs being forced to remain closed until May is not true. We strongly believe that pubs are safe places to socialize and can play an important role in our social and economic recovery.

“If pubs are forced to stay closed until May, that would mean they have had to deal with 14 months of closures and restrictions. How on earth could the government expect them to survive?

“British pubs will be screaming ‘mayday’ long before a reopening in May without much greater financial support from the government.”


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