Supporting craft brewers during the COVID-19 pandemic
Craft brewers are all about the communities in which they live and work. We’ve all read countless stories of how America’s craft breweries are some of the most giving people in the world. With more than 8,000 breweries rooted in communities across the country, now more than ever, they need our support.
According to a poll conducted by the Brewers Association, independent craft breweries have been severely impacted by COVID-19, and many are concerned about their future. As breweries are facing difficult times, there are ways you can still help, even if you can’t go into the brewery and enjoy your favorite beer.
Buy direct from the brewery
The rules are different across the country, however, many breweries are still able to sell growlers and your favorite bottled beer right out of the brewery or taproom. In fact, many are offering a no-touch pickup option where you can order your beer online and pick up your beer curbside. CraftBeer.com has built a state by state list of breweries that are offering beer to-go, delivery or alternative form of sales.
Buy beer from delivery services or retailers
Your favorite brewery might not be in your city, so look for other ways to purchase beer from a delivery service or your local retailer. Your local liquor store is a great option, as this helps keep the brewery’s pipeline moving. If you order beer (or anything!) for delivery or curbside pickup, don't forget to tip well.
Buy gift cards
Invest in future cheers with friends and family by purchasing gift cards to use once the social distancing guidelines are lifted.
Buy brewery gear
Who doesn’t love a new shirt or hat? Supporting a brewery by purchasing their gear is still an option with online purchases and shipping. Some breweries are also offering curbside pickup for these novelty items.
Beyond buying beer, it is about keeping the spirit alive during this time of heightened awareness. Brewers are navigating uncharted waters right now, but they are doing a great job in reassuring their community during this time. Let’s reassure them that we have their back during these challenging times.