Drygate encourages people to spend time together this festive season

A Glasgow-based brewery and restaurant is calling on people to the most valuable gift this festive season: their time. 

Published 19th Dec 2019
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Drygate Brewing Co. has launched a unique new voucher that can only be redeemed when two people place an order together, in a bid to encourage people to catch up over a beer.

The Glasgow-based restaurant, bar and brewery has launched “Christmas Presence”, a voucher of two halves designed to be shared, with one half gifted to a friend and the other kept by the purchaser.

Yet this unique voucher can only be redeemed when both halves are presented, ensuring that meaningful time spent with loved ones is the main element of this heartfelt gift.

Drygate is partnering with Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) to donate all gift sale profits to help fund the charity’s projects in Glasgow and beyond at Christmas and throughout the year ahead.

Scotland is facing a loneliness epidemic with a staggering 106,000 Scots over 65 on their own this Christmas. Research from leading mental health charity Mind reveals that one in six people feel lonelier at Christmas than any other time of the year.

Through the launch of “Christmas Presence”, Drygate hopes to help people reach out to the invisible sufferers who will be positively impacted by an hour or two of food, drink, meaningful human connection and good company.

Rob MacKay, creative and marketing director at Drygate said: “We always have an open doors policy here at Drygate, we want everyone to feel welcomed into the community, to sit and enjoy a beer together.”

This new initiative is the latest charity project to come from Drygate’s The Bearface Trust as it moves forward in its mission of making beer a power for good.

This year has seen the launch of a reforestation beer to help offset the carbon of the burning Amazon rainforest, reward Movember fundraisers with a free pint and, most recently, launch #RizeUpUK, the official campaign beer for the voter registration campaign galvanising young people to sign up to have their say in December’s general election.

Last Christmas also saw Drygate open up its doors and provide Christmas lunch to the homeless population of Glasgow.

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Christmas Presence is available to purchase from 18th December 2019 from www.drygate.com, with each voucher, which cost £10 - valid until 29th February, 2020.

Both purchaser and recipient will receive their half of the voucher by email, and must present at the bar. Each will receive a pint of Bearface Lager, Drygate’s flagship Scottish Pilsner or a pint of Shred, their alcohol-free citrus pale ale or a soft drink, and some delicious bar snacks.

The voucher can be redeemed in the Drygate Brasserie and other participating bars across Scotland.


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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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