York Brewery gets round delivery problems from traffic restrictions

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The York Brewery has come up with a novel way of beating delivery problems caused by traffic restrictions in the city.Licensee James Butler, who runs...

The York Brewery has come up with a novel way of beating delivery problems caused by traffic restrictions in the city.

Licensee James Butler, who runs the brewery-owned Last Drop Inn, now receives his deliveries from York Brewery, half-a-mile away, by bicycle.

New restrictions on lorries and traffic in York have prevented Butler receiving his usual deliveries during the day.

He was down to his last drop of ale when he came up with the idea.

"It is efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly," said Butler, who also intends to use the service at York Brewery's second pub, due to open later this year.

"There are no restrictions, they can get the beer to me, two barrels at a time, within 20 minutes of me asking.

"It is a fantastic system, and I'm sure we are the first in the country to use it."

For just £4 a time, the beer is picked up from the Brewery at Toft Green, the only one within the city walls.

"It is beer on demand, it helps us control supply and react to the needs of our customers," he said.

"Plus, you don't have the heavy diesel vans all over the city centre."

Cyclone Couriers is happy to take the strain from the vans.

"Our service is the perfect replacement for heavy vehicles," said Chris Hamm, director of the company.

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