Leicestershire brewer Everards has delayed the opening of its new build 200-plus capacity beer hall and brewery until the Spring of 2021.

Everards Managing director Stephen Gould said the construction of the new site is continuing while the Covid-19 restrictions are in place, with the addition of social distancing measures.

Gould said: “These changes will naturally cause some delay.” He expects the fabric of the building to be complete by November.

“Everards has decided to delay the actual fit-out of the beer hall and offices until early 2021 with a plan now to open to the public in Spring 2021,” said Gould.

The project will also the construction of a 70 acre public park at Everards Meadows with almost two miles of cycling and footpaths, mooring points on the Grand Union Canal and a new bridge over the Soar.

The beer hall will host tasting sessions, brewery tours, food and drink festivals and other events.

The company also plans to make gin, vodka and sake on the site.

Everards beers are being brewed by Robinsons of Stockport and Joule’s of Market Drayton until the new brewery and headquarters are up and running.

● Everards has responded to the challenge Covid-19 in a number of ways: 70 per cent of employees have been furloughed on full pay which will be reviewed at the end of May. Directors salaries have been cut by an average of 30 per cent  and the full year dividend payment to shareholders cancelled.

The Everards Family Foundation has donated £50,000 to Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland. The money will directly support older people in Everards local community.

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