Partners Matt Hepburn (foreground) and Christian McGarry of Your Mates Brewery have introduced a drive-in service for customers. Photo: Patrick Woods
Partners Matt Hepburn (foreground) and Christian McGarry of Your Mates Brewery have introduced a drive-in service for customers. Photo: Patrick Woods

Brewery’s crafty drive-through service kicks off

A BREWERY on the Sunshine Coast is raising the bar during an unprecedented time for businesses as the coronavirus pandemic forces the hospitality industry to adapt.

Your Mates Brewing Co have moved to a contactless drive-through at its Warana location after recent social distancing laws prompted the closure of its doors to the public.

Co-owner Christian McGarry said the new service allowed customers to purchase the beer they knew and loved in a harmless way.

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“We’ve lost all of our sales from the external bars and restaurants that we sell to wholesale, and then our tap room here in Warana, which is a huge part of our business, is unable to serve to the public,” he said.

“We’ve had to adapt so we can survive still and keep trading.”

Whether customers choose to click and collect their products or order on the spot, Mr McGarry said the brewery’s main concern was the health and safety of its customers.

“It’s a balancing act between ensuring that these restrictions are upheld and enforced by us for the safety of the community and our customers, while having to be very flexible to try and keep the business going,” he said.

The drive-through service at Your Mates. Photo: Patrick Woods
The drive-through service at Your Mates. Photo: Patrick Woods

“But it’s going better than what we originally anticipated.

“It really highlights how much the community is getting around their local restaurants and businesses and supporting them because it’s going to hit us local guys the hardest.”

As with the majority of the hospitality industry, Mr McGarry said the brewery had no choice but to let go a significant number of workers.

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“Unfortunately we’ve had to stand down 85 per cent of our staff,” he said. “We had 36 team members a week ago and next week we’ll be rolling with about seven people.

“It’s been really hard for the team and Matt and I because we really love these guys who do work really hard for us. It’s really sad.

“Everyone around the world is feeling the same way which is reassuring, but it doesn’t make it any easier to stand down your employees.

“We hope that at the end of it all, we just re-employ all of our staff as we gradually get busier.”

Head to the brewery’s website for more information on ordering its products online.