Springtime signals the start of the brewery patio season for most of the country. Yet, the Nation’s collective goal of flattening the curve, a phrase used to describe limiting the spread of COVID-19 by the novel coronavirus, has necessitated social distancing and the forced closure of craft brewers by executive order. While breweries are unable to be open to the public, many states allow craft breweries to sell beer to-go or even by delivery.
CraftBeer.com has built a state by state list of breweries that are offering beer to-go, delivery or alternative form of sales. The majority of the more than 8,000 breweries in the United States are small and independent. The Brewers Association, the parent organization of CraftBeer.com, believes that 99% of the country’s craft brewers will be affected by these shutdowns. Forced shutdowns will put many family businesses on the brink.
All of us need to socially distance to avoid potential exacerbation of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are ill or an at-risk individual, you should avoid going out. If you are healthy and can avoid coming into contact with large groups, taking advantage of curbside beer service or beer delivery is a great way to support local businesses. Even if you can’t get out, but would like to support, there are fundraisers for brewers and opportunities to purchase brewery merchandise.
Breweries are invited to add to the list by using this form.
Check out the list, here. There are over 600 breweries listed and growing constantly.
Stay safe and support your local brewery.
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