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Buy now, drink later: How you can support your local pub

Buy now, drink later: How you can support your local pub
Pubs and bars across Australia are doing it tough, with many unable to trade under the current coronavirus restrictions. 
Many, like the Royal Hotel in Leichhardt in Sydney's inner west, have been forced to diversify.
Publican Marty Short has turned the front bar into a bottle shop and grocer, selling bread, meat and fruit.
Australians can buy a beer online to support their local. (9News)
"We are an industry that was serving schnitzel and schooners two weeks ago, we're now selling bacon, with an idea of serving schnitzel and schooners again one day, which we will, we just don't know when," he told 9News. 
"Your local pub needs to be here, the club and the bowlo needs to be here for the community when restrictions start lifting."
Since the coronavirus restrictions came into play, around 10,000 venues have been forced to call last drinks, putting a million hospitality workers out of a job. 
But Australians who love their local are now being called on to save their favourite watering hole.
Carton United Breweries has come up with the "For the love of your local" campaign, aimed helping businesses weather the storm.
Carlton United Breweries CEO Peter Filipovic says you can go online and buy a beer now to redeem when your local re-opens. 
"Log on to loveofyourlocal.com.au, nominate your favourite pun and buy a pint," Mr Filipovic said. 
Buy a beer now, get one later when the restrictions are lifted. (9News)
The money goes straight to the publican and when it starts trading again, you'll get two drinks for the price of one, with CUB chipping in a million dollars worth of kegs. 
It's hoped this simple gesture of buying a beer will go someway to helping out the many struggling pubs and clubs, across the country with many facing the prospect of closing all together, before the restrictions are lifted.
President of the Victorian branch of the Australian Hotels Association, David Canny, says it's a win-win.
"The publican receives the money now, the person gets to support their local pub and at the end, they receive two pints for the price of one." 
Buy a beer at loveofyourlocal.com.au.