The Steam Machine Brewing Company is now operating a drive through system for its delicious Craft Beers and gourmet Street Food-style takeaways Thursday to Monday between 5 – 9pm.

Like all other bars, restaurants, cafes, and tap rooms around the country, restrictions for public safety came into place on Saturday the 21st March preventing customers from sitting at tables or ordering draught beers, but Steam Machine has adapted quickly to the changing circumstances.

Co-founder Nick Smith said: “We sell our Newton Aycliffe beer all over the world, but first and foremost we are a community led brewery, and if can provide some sort of service for the wonderful local people in a safe manner during this crisis, then that’s what we’ll do.”

On the 25th March breweries were placed onto the notable exceptions list, which means they are expected to provide a service during the lockdown, alongside supermarkets, health shops, petrol stations, pet shops, banks and hardware stores.

Nick added: “It’s easy to see why. Using local off-licences and breweries for alcohol purchases will ease congestion in busy supermarkets, reducing the risk for everyone.”

Founded in 2015, Steam Machine has grown year on year due to the popularity of their beers amongst the regulars of Aycliffe, as well as demand for their products further afield. They are well known nationally for their excellent quality and experimentation of unusual ingredients.

They moved into their new site at 26 Northfield Way in summer 2019, where they’ve held many successful events, and have been busy developing a kitchen to offer gourmet street food.

“On top of our popular beers, we are also offering a delicious alternative to standard takeaways, starting with our quick fired sourdough pizzas. We are currently operating a drive through system where people order the food and beer online from our website, and we place it on the curb side. Like everyone, we have trying times ahead of us, but we are trying to utilise local bakers, butchers, and green grocers as much as possible. At the end of the day, we have great beer and tasty food available for people, for as long as we are allowed to provide it in a responsible way. And we are currently exploring how to do home delivery.”

Find more information on Steam Machine’s beers and food offerings on their facebook page or website

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Photo: Nick Smith, Gulen Smith, Pete Batten, Phil Normanl