On Christmas Day, Nomadic Beers will be opening the doors to their online virtual taproom for people to come and spend some time and celebrate the festive season with others, on what will likely be an especially difficult day for many.
Katie Marriott and Mike Hampshire, part of team Nomadic Beers, will be hosting two online sessions for people to join. For the first session running 12:30pm-2:30pm, people can come and have Christmas dinner with Katie and Mike. Later in the day, from 7pm onwards, Katie and Mike will be back again for a Christmas evening party.
"I love what comedian Sarah Millican has created with her #JoinIn Twitter campaign that happens every year" said Katie, who is the owner of Nomadic Beers. "With the pandemic and ongoing restrictions, so many people may feel lonely or want to do something a bit different on Christmas Day, so we've decided to open up the doors to our virtual taproom and everyone is welcome to join".
Nomadic Beers have been operating a weekly online virtual taproom since the first nationwide lockdown in March and people are able to join in from their mobile phones, tablets, or computers.
"We've done some one-off events in our virtual taproom, such as beer launches and meet the brewers, as well as simple online gatherings where people can just have a natter" said Mike, who looks after Nomadic's Brewery Taproom, which is currently closed due to restrictions.
"We thought it would be nice to do something on Christmas Day too. Whether you are drinking beer, wine or alcohol-free, in your pyjamas or cocktail dress, the idea behind the virtual taproom is just to be a nice space for people to come and spend some time with others."
The sessions are free to join and people are welcome to pop in and out as they please whilst the virtual taproom is open, just like a normal bar.
Aside from Christmas Day, people can join in Nomadic Beers' Virtual Taproom every Saturday from 6pm.