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The Restaurant & Catering Association has launched #TakeawayTuesday with Unilever. The campaign aims to encourage all Australians to order takeaway every Tuesday in support of local restaurants, and kicked off on Tuesday 21st July.

The federal government announced this week that the JobKeeper Payment will be extended by six months to 28 March 2021 with a means-tested tiered payment system.

In honour of Indie Beer Day, Bad Shepherd Brewing Co. are having a Beer Shop Bonanza – beer deals will pop up ever hour from 12-9pm this Saturday. Keep in touch with them on Instagram and Facebook as they announce the deals and find out more.

Black Hops Brewing sold out of its 4th Birthday beer over the weekend, celebrating the opening of its original Burleigh taproom.

The government has extended the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme to allow small businesses to access the working capital and investment funds they need. The second phase of the scheme comes into effect from 1st October 2020, and has been expanded to offer loans up to $1 million for a maximum term of five years.

Victoria’s Bright Brewery is now home-delivering growlers of fresh draught beer to locked-down beer lovers in Melbourne. Melbourne brand ambassador Evin Craney, ‘Mr Froffy’, will be delivering growlers of super fresh Bright Brewery draught beer, including limited releases, around the city every week.Growlers and refills can be ordered here.

Fritzenberger is set to open its latest site in the Brisbane CBD area of South Bank from Friday.

Retail Drinks Australia has launched new social distancing guidelines for retail liquor stores.

News from elsewhere

Texas in the US has been harsher in its lockdown regulations, particularly against venues which get more than 51 per cent of their revenue from alcohol sales. The local guild has said that 2 in 3 will collapse by January 2021 if it continues.

Japanese brewery Oryzae Brewing is brewing beer with koji mould, which is normally used to make sake.

US Brewers Association president Bob Pease has written a piece on growing beer sales in a challenging market.

Stone Brewing in the US has received some negative publicity following a cease and desist letter which it allegedly sent to Sawstone Brewing in Kentucky.

Regional businesses are struggling to get casual workers in hospitality venues back to work, according to 9News.

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