Birmingham-Based, ‘Gypsy Brew,’ – Remains Optimistic About The Future Of The Hospitality Sector, Post-Pandemic

With punters across the land beginning to flood their local pubs and restaurants, once again, whilst the long-term path to recovery remains unclear, Birmingham-based, ‘Gypsy Brew,’ – remains high in spirits, when it comes to the post-pandemic future of the sector.

Since the onset of the pandemic, the hospitality and leisure sector has been hit hard with unforeseen obstacles: with almost 10,000 licensed venues permanently closing last year, in 2020. 

Despite the short-term road to recovery remaining largely unclear, looking ahead to the summer, the glass remains half-full for Midlands-based microbrewery, Gypsy Brew, after securing a number of supplier relationships with independent hospitality venues. Gary Meads, the Co-Founder of Gypsy Brew, commented:

“As a second-generation restaurateur and pub landlord, I’ve experienced first-hand the difficulties that the pandemic and lockdown measures have presented to pubs and the wider hospitality industry. After navigating the long periods of closure and vastly reduced income, it’s become clear that the only way pubs and restaurants are going to bounce back in the future is through the continued support of guests and repeat custom.”

“As well as dining in, customers can also support their local pubs and restaurants by ordering via click and collect, home delivery and even attending online master classes. With the next few months remaining subject to change, I don’t think that these new services will be off the table anytime soon, as they’ve proved to be a vital lifeline throughout the pandemic for both the wider hospitality industry, especially with independent businesses like ourselves,” said Gary.

Since launching their first beer just four months ago, Gypsy Brew has gone from strength to strength this year in 2021, having already sold over 3,000 units.

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Plus, coinciding with the recent re-opening of indoor and outdoor hospitality services, the brand has formed new stockist relationships with a number of leading independent venues in the Midlands, including Dicks Smokehouse, Fig & Favour, Smithtons, Umberslade Wine Bar, and Village Vineyards, as well as a several other local pubs and restaurants throughout the region.

“The future is definitely looking bright for the hospitality and leisure scene, especially as the vaccination programme proceeds, and the prospect of international travel remains uncertain. Despite all odds, Birmingham’s hospitality industry is largely continuing to thrive, and we’re excited to be partnering and flourishing alongside a number of leading independents within the region and we’re getting ready to explore new flavours over the coming months,” added Gary.

Launched in March 2020, Gypsy Brew is an independent craft-beer business, based in Weatheroak Hill, Birmingham. Created by two friends, Gary Meads and Al Smith, – the brand is named after Al’s great grandad who was a gypsy boxer in the 1920’s. The team prides itself on producing beer that strives for and achieves excellence across the board, all whilst sharing the heritage and story behind the brand’s name.

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