Staying In

Get your drinks delivered and say cheers to self-isolation!

We’re all doing our bit to stay in.  That doesn’t mean it needs to be boring.  In fact, these local businesses are doing their bit to bring happy hour to you.  That’s right, some of our favourite bars, pubs, distillers and importers are shaking things up quite literally, many offering free delivery of your favourite beverages right to your doorstep. 

So why not spice up your date night-in or virtually taste a few brews or cocktails with your crew on Houseparty this weekend. Let the good times roll in iso!


International Beer Collector

Time to stock up for the lock down!  In the spirit of enjoying your new favourite pastime ‘staying-in’, Newcastle based artisanal beer lovers, International Beer Collectors or IBC have created a range of craft beer packs that can be delivered to your door. 

You don’t even need to be a member of their cool beer club or in fact, know anything about international brews.  Anita and Jason who’ve spent a great deal of time in Europe, learning about beer and establishing relationships with a number of small family brewers, have done all the hard work for you. 

If you’re new to the European beer scene, IBC recommends their ‘Intro to Belgium Beer’ pack which features six different types of Belgian Beer from six different Belgian brewers. If you’re feeling adventurous however, or consider yourself a bit of an enthusiast, the ‘More Challenging Belgium Styles’ pack or ‘Addicted to Hops’ packs might be more up your alley. 

According to Jason, the ‘Clever Monks’ pack which features a selection of beers from world renowned Trappist Monastery Breweries has also been quite popular.

Oh yes, these guys have a genuine passion for the products they import as well as the European beer culture and rituals in general.  As Anita notes on starting IBC.

“All the beers have a story. We wanted to bring a piece a Europe home and create an experience around beer tasting.”

And what better way to create a bit of theatre around your beer tasting at home than to purchase some lovely branded glassware?  IBC have a range of these which can be ordered and delivered with your beer pack as well as tasting notes on each beer which can be found on their website.

For more information or to order, head to the IBC website.  Deliveries to Newcastle and Lake Macquarie residents are free. 


Foghorn Brewery

From tank to bottle to your front door. Newcastle’s Foghorn Brewery is now delivering their fresh brews for free to 24 Newcastle suburbs. 

It's a great time to support locals, so why not order some Newie Pale Ale or another of their specialty beers online, along with a tasty burger, pizza or salad.  Foghorn’s one-stop delivery shop will get you through the weekend (and possibly a few week days) no worries.

Order online 

The Whistler

Get your growlers ready!  The Whistler at Maitland are delivering growler bottles of your favourite beer or cider, as well as beer and wine by the bottle and around 10 different cocktails everyday from 5pm.

These guys do food as well.  Why not order in some takeaway and have your weekend dinner and drinks delivered to your doorstep.  #winning

Ph: (02) 4052 8510
Order online 

The Pourhouse

Benn and Aaron from popular Maitland pub The Pourhouse have launched ‘The Pourhouse to Your House’ – offering home delivery of all your liquid needs.  These guys have an awesome range of independent brews and are also known for their delightful cocktails, many of which they’ve pre-made and can also be delivered. 

Order ahead online (via the WOW App) for deliveries to select areas in Maitland and surrounds on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Orders must be in by 8pm.  Minimum order is $60.

If you don’t mind picking up, these guys also have a takeaway menu (everyday from 6-8pm) that has all your favourite Pourhouse burgers and more.

Ph: (02) 4933 4473

Ironbark Hill Brewhouse

Local brewhouse, Ironbark Hill are offering free delivery on all their beers which include a range of ales plus a larger, stout and cider. 

These guys will be canning three new brews next week as well, one of which includes a Hazelnut Brown Ale. Oh là là!  Order via their online shop.


Spirits & Cocktails

The Koutetsu

Included in the VIP TK Experience is a special delivery of three pre-batched double cocktails of your choosing, a seasonal charcuterie board for two as well as wax candles and access to TK’s house playlist to get those good vibes going.

If you’re up for something a little more casual, your favourite TK cocktails can still be delivered or picked up if you prefer.  Cocktails are available in single-serve, double and 500ml sizes and come complete with consumption instructions & garnishes. 

To order, email the TK team your name and phone number so they can call you back to make delivery or pick-up arrangements.  Delivery of the VIP Experience and TK Cocktails is free to surrounding suburbs (within 5km) or $5 (within 15km). 

Order Email: [email protected]

The Farmers Wife Distillery

Just in time for Easter, The Farmers Wife Distillery are delivering their lovely Autumn Dry Gin, Gin-flavoured Chocolate and mixer packs to local areas for free to get you through Easter isolation. 


Coal and Cedar

These little beauties come in 30ml or 50ml sizes (if you want to share) and are a great way to try a selection of Gins, Whisky’s, Tequilas and other spirits without having to purchase a whole bottle.  

Sample packs include Native Gin and Whisky (made here in Australia) as well as themed tasters like the ‘Around the World’, Welcome to America’ and ‘Agave Love’ packs, featuring international labels. Coal and Cedar have thoughtfully soundtracked this pack on Spotify for your enjoyment too.  Here’s to whisky and the blues!

All sample packs come with info about the producer, tasting notes and serving suggestions.  Delivery is free to eligible suburbs. 


Hunter Distillery

Another valley local offering free delivery during COVID19 is the Hunter Distillery.  Stock up now on all manner of yummy locally made spirits including Gin, Vodka, Liqueurs and Schnapps and while you there, order some Hand Sanitiser!  Yep, these guys have your hand hygiene covered too with their 500ml bottle of Sanitiser which costs $30. 


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Note from the Publisher: Remember everyone, RSA rules are still at play. Alcohol can only be ordered, collected and/or delivered to persons over 18 years of age. Please drink responsibly and stay safe.