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Virtual pubs: enjoy a real drink and chat with these online beer buddies

Grab a drink, a phone and get involved.

Virtual pubs: enjoy a real drink and chat with these online beer buddies
30 March 2020

With pubs and bars shut due to the coronavirus outbreak, online gatherings are suddenly more important than ever and these beer tasting sessions are the virtual pub everyone needs right now.

Although take-away is still possible, not being able to have a drink or two with your friends and family might be getting you down. Luckily, it’s 2020 and the power of the internet and the technology we carry around in our pockets makes it incredibly easy to keep in touch.
Breweries, bars and the like are now using Twitter, Instagram and other platforms to host online events like tastings and quizzes.
Some, like BeerBods, have been doing it for years already. The subscription service, which (currently) sits atop our best beer subscription box shortlist holds weekly tasting sessions on Twitter at 9pm (UK time) every Thursday and has more recently started doing live streaming on Periscope, too.
Tom, aka CraftBeerHour, has been hosting weekly Twitter meets on a Tuesday at 9pm (UK time) since 2014 typically with a different brewery featured each week. Often a prize draw gives followers a chance to win free samples.
The Pembury Tavern in Hackney, run by Five Points Brewing, will be hosting its regular Monday night quiz on Instagram instead (at 7pm, UK time) with chances to win brewery tour tickets.

Camden Town Brewery has launched its very own URL venue called The Camden Bre.www.ery Bar. The London brewery is hosting weekly events with the next taking place on Tuesday 31 March. Starting at 7pm on their Instagram, you’ll be be treated to 30 minutes of live music from MarthaGunn's lead singer Abi Woodman to fulfil all your alt-rock needs.

To fully round-off the pub experience, there’s even a ‘digital tip jar’ but in this case the money is going to Hospitality Action’s COVID-19 Emergency Appeal to help support hospitality workers whose jobs are now uncertain or no longer there. You can either donate through the JustGiving page or add a donation to any purchases you make from the brewery’s online shop.

Run by a group of volunteers, The Tweet Inn is back after a hiatus and for the first time will be holding virtual tap takeovers in a similar vein to CraftBeerHour with Toast Ale at 7pm (UK time) on 2 April.

The Virtual Beerhouse is a similar account you’ll find on Twitter. While Scottish beer fiends BrewDog has introduced the BrewDog Online Bar. Doors open 6pm every Friday.

With the change in circumstances, Turning Point is now doing an online launch for its New Frontiers series - a set of four collaboration brews with Siren, Roosters, Thornbridge and Five Points.

It will take place on 2 April at 7:30pm and you’ll get an e-ticket with details by ordering a set of the cans.
Something common across these kinds of online events is that they’re relaxed and open to anyone, regardless of your beer knowledge or whether you have the same beer others are drinking.

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