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UK Roadmap? What does that mean?

when is corto opening?

Yesterday we were feeling all kinds of nerves. The lockdown has been many things over the past 10 months (10 months!!), but in the not-to-distant future it’s about to be something we kindof felt like it might never be: OVER.

Staying safe has been our number one priority ever since we opened our little shop in December — the safety of everyone has always been at the front of our minds. Going into deliveries only territory was strange and unfamiliar, but if it meant people were safer, we were happy to do it.

Now the lockdown’s got some end dates, it’s a bit weird, isn’t it? It felt like it would go on forever. We all definitely want it to end, but now it’s going to be over we’re feeling a bit like — oh! What a surprise! Okay! Better get planning then!

So the first thing we want to chat about is our first opening dates. What does the UK Roadmap for lifting lockdown mean for Corto?

The rules, according to the BBC news explainer (which is super helpful for all aspects of life outside of lockdown btw), say the following:

  • 12th April 2021: All shops allowed to open
  • 17th May 2021: Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors

We weren’t sure if the law will allow “hospitality venues” to sell alcohol to take away after the 12th April. James from SIBA reckons it is though, and we trust him!

So, this means:

Corto will be open as a shop from April 12th 2021

We will be planning Corto opening parties to start from the week of May 17th 2021

So keep your eyes open for announcements in the coming weeks! We’ve got some stuff to share…

Pubs will be allowed to open up their beer gardens earlier than this, on the 12th April, but we don’t have any outdoor space so this doesn’t apply to us. No, we can’t put benches on the pavement (unless the council wants to close off the main streets to traffic for a little while for some continental vibes? Might be a shout?) 

So until May, see you in our shop, or out the back of The Swan With Two Necks with a pint of Lagonda!

Stay positive

We’re not silly. We know that things could change and dates could move, and that April and May are still months away. But for now, let’s be positive. The days are getting longer and the vaccines are working well. The end of all this is in sight. 

We’re allowing ourselves to feel a little bit lighter and a lot more excited today 🙂

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Vault City x Corto Virtual Tap Takeover

On Friday 19th February 2021 (aka. next week) we’re having our very first virtual event!

Andy Gibson from Vault City will be hosting a virtual tap takeover and tasting sesh with us, and he’s told us he’ll be happy to answer any and all questions about the brewery, the beer and how they brew it!

We’ve put together a tasting selection of four ace Vault City sour beers to drink-along on the night, some of which haven’t even been launched yet.

For £27.50 you get:

  • 1x Raspberry & Violet 7.1%
  • 1x Strawberry, Peach & Custard 10.4%
  • 1x Plum Bakewell 7%
  • 1x OJ IPA 7.2%
  • A pass to the Zoom event
The Corto and Vault City virtual tap takeover bag contains: strawberry peach custard, raspberry violet, plum bakewell and OJ IPA

We can’t wait – in fact we’re super excited about this. The fact that we’re hosting such a nerdy beer event locally seems really, really cool to us.

We thought we’d start off our first tasting session with a bang. It had to be sour beer, and we’ve loved trying all of Vault City’s beers from right at the beginning when they were brewing out of a kitchen! Now they’ve got a shiny new brewery we’ve been super jazzed to see what they come up with next.

Anyway. Join us! We can’t wait!

UNFORTUNATELY WE CANNOT SHIP OUR BOOZE NATIONALLY. Our Vault City virtual tap takeover bag will only be available via our normal local delivery routes.

If you live a little outside of our “6 miles of Clitheroe” delivery radius, get in touch. We’ll do what we can to reach you.

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Amazingly Delicious Ciders by Oliver’s, Find & Foster and Wilding Cider in Stock Now

Cider is having a moment, and we are really keen to push that moment as far as it can go. We love how diverse it is, and we’re so happy that so many of you have been trying and enjoying our ever-growing cider selection. It makes us smile!

Real, natural cider is a beautiful thing, full of gorgeous aromas, textures and flavours. One thing that’s really special about the cider we sell is that it’s made by cidermakers who are passionate and totally obsessed with producing the best possible cider from the fruit they grow, pick, find and forage (we’ll get on to that in a bit).

This week we’ve had a major cider update on our webshop, and we wanted to introduce you to some of the cidermakers and producers we’re now stocking. We know you’re gonna love them.

Oliver’s Cider

World renowned and highly regarded as one of the best and most talented cidermakers on the planet, Tom Oliver is as close to a cider celebrity as it’s possible to get.

On the Oliver’s Cider farm, cider is made from pure pressed apples and wild yeasts, and the whims of the cidermaker – we have Mayflower #3 for example, which alongside a blend of finely-tuned cider blends has dried fruit and ice cider added for complexity, deliciousness and, well, for fun.

Take a look at all the Oliver’s Cider bottles we have in stock.

Wilding Cider

Wilding Cider like to express the true flavours and energy of their local fruit in their ciders. Former restauranteurs from Bristol, Beccy and Sam Leach started Wilding Cider out of a love for heritage varieties, and you can really taste their care and attention in every bottle.

Now based in rural Somerset, they hand pick apples for every batch using techniques like keeving and stretched out seasonal blending to take in the changing flavours and tannins of the seasons. 

If this sounds like winemaking, you’re not wrong. Often people talk about cider as wine, just made with a different fruit. Mind = blown.

See our full range of Wilding Cider bottles

Find & Foster

Down in Devon, Find & Foster do exactly what their name suggests – find old and heritage orchards that have been lost, forgotten or just a bit ravaged by time and foster them into providing delicious fruit for the coming generations.

This eco-conscious approach and a total respect for the land and the fruit they use means each bottle of cider Find & Foster produce is as much about the place it comes from as it is the juice it’s made from. We just LOVE that.

Buy Find & Foster

Let us choose your cider!

Not sure what to pick? It’s difficult when you can’t pick up the bottles and have the time to decide – we know. Internet shopping is hardly the tactile, personal experience we’d hoped to be providing!

Our “What’s In-Cider There??” mixed bag is only £20, and gives you the chance to taste three fine ciders, delivered to your door. What’s not to love?
We’re here to help. We can offer recommendations via the chat box at the bottom right of the page there, or you can DM us on Instagram or Twitter. If you’re more of an emailer, we’d love to hear from you: hello@cortobar.co.uk

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We love growlers and you will too – fresh draught beer delivery

Corto growler fills are ideal for craft beer lovers!

Growlers of delicious draught beer delivered to your door! It’s almost like drinking craft beer in a pub. Almost.

Tom’s been busy hitting stuff in the cellar with a spanner and now we’ve got a state of the art growler filling station at Corto. How cool is that?

Our Growlers are filled using our counter pressure bottle filler, to make sure your beer reaches you in absolute tip top condition.

At the moment we can’t sell from the shop or do click and collect, so if you have a growler you want to use, please drop it off at the shop and we will deliver it sterilised and filled on our next delivery day.

How to buy

We have Corto growlers, which you can pay a deposit for when you buy your draught beer.

They’re glass and reusable, and you can either keep yours forever, or bring it back to be reused or have your deposit back. It’s up to you!

Real draught beer at home, plastic-free. We’re super proud of our growler fills and we know you’re gonna love them. A draught beer delivery service to keep you happy until the pubs open again. Ideal.

On The Taps

Right now on the taps we’ve got a couple of belters.

Rivington Brewery – Exterior Illumination (5.8% ABV) is a delicious double dry hopped IPA with Simcoe, Amarillo and Mosaic.

What’s extra-special about this beer is that we we’re pretty sure we have the first draught version of it outside of their tap room! SUPER COOL, RIGHT?

Drink it and think of sunny days at Tap Beneath The Trees. They’ll be back soon, promise.

BUY IT NOW!

Vault City – Pink Grapefruit Session Sour (4.5% ABV) is, as the name suggests, a sessionable sour beer, absolute sunshine in a glass bottle. Citrussy, sour and delicious. Ideal for these, er, cold days we’re having at the moment!!

BUY IT NOW!

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The Corto Home Delivery Service

We know that quite a lot of you would like to click + collect,  but unfortunately we’re classed as a “hospitality venue” and after a few conversations with various people in the know, we’ve closed the shop to customers. (Here’s some more info on that, if you’re interested.)

However, we’re still open behind the scenes! We’re getting delicious new stock in all the time, and you can get your hands on it in a number of different ways. 

Check out our new webshop for our full availability.

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Cosy Boxes! Take Corto Home and have a Cosy Night In

Like every hospitality business in the country, we’ve been pulling the most interesting faces trying to figure out how best to get our delicious drinks to you this week.

We’ve made a few changes to how the shop looks, and we’ve also made a few additional changes to make it a bit easier for you to pick some ideal things to drink for your Big Cosy Weekends In.

We might be back in lockdown, but we can’t let that beat us. We’ve had a bit of a yell and a bit of a strop, and now we’re ready to get back to spreading positivity. LET’S DO THIS!

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We’re Still Open! Get the beers (and ciders and wines) in for New Year’s Eve!

So it’s not the NYE we’d hoped for. But one thing’s certain, and it’s a really good thing: 2020 IS ALMOST OVER.

Let’s ring this year out good and proper. Make sure it never comes back again. SEE YOU NEVER, WORST YEAR EVER!

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Corto (the shop)’s New Year Opening Times

We thought it was about time, since we’ve been open for a week or so now, to let you know when we’ll be open over the next few weeks.

It’s still a festive time, after all, and we know you need to re-stock those fridges with beer, cider and bubbly. (We’ve got some ace natural fizz in by the way…)

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