SoCal taprooms opening up

Discussion in 'US - West' started by wponz, May 27, 2020.

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  1. wponz

    wponz Initiate (119) Dec 22, 2005 California

    Got email from Alesmith and Bootleggers (Fullerton) that their Tasting Rooms will be opening up soon. Both will be under strict Covid-19 guidelines, and you have to buy their food (food truck ?) to drink on site !!
    I guess that will be the "new normal", at least for a while.
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  2. jnance88

    jnance88 Initiate (101) Jun 10, 2014 California

    I'll keep buying my beer to go or have it delivered for the time being.
    Not to be a dick, but I'll let other people be guinea pigs for a while before I go back to a brewery.
    I still think LA County is a few weeks away from doing this, but who knows anymore...
  3. AlmostDeadly777

    AlmostDeadly777 Initiate (69) Apr 29, 2018 California

    I'm in the same boat, I'm going to give it another month before I try going back to any tasting rooms. I can't imagine myself in Bottle Logic again until the expansion is ready.
  4. FrogOut69

    FrogOut69 Zealot (505) Sep 24, 2013 California

    Yes, because we're currently dealing with a pandemic.
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  5. dcgunman

    dcgunman Meyvn (1,368) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Green Cheek too planning to open their doors this Friday. I will wait for another month or so and see how everything pans out. Too many idiots out there.
  6. pinballplayer

    pinballplayer Disciple (369) Jul 2, 2014 California

    Where did you see this? At the brewery?
  7. dcgunman

    dcgunman Meyvn (1,368) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Was there earlier today. They were getting the inside squared away for a possible Friday opening.
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  8. 562Brew

    562Brew Initiate (104) Mar 5, 2018 California

    Brewery X opening up this weekend. Food purchase required along with a few other guidelines up on their IG post.
  9. moosington

    moosington Initiate (159) Mar 29, 2009 California

    Dang. Too bad there isn't much room to social distance there.....
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  10. putonyourwalkingshoes

    putonyourwalkingshoes Devotee (471) Jul 31, 2013 California

    This whole "food pairing" thing bugs the living daylights out of me. I went to buy a cocktail and the bar owner said "you have to buy a food item but we've got these .25 packages of goldfish crackers". Is this really some crazy loophole that breweries are going to have to abide by for awhile?

    For the aspect of safety it actually makes less sense having to sell food because of making more contact with objects, having your hands closer to your face, and spending more time with the mask off.
  11. Aztec_Chris

    Aztec_Chris Initiate (65) May 7, 2015 California

    I'm going to be cautious as I have a lot of family members close by that would be classified high risk. Crowded indoor places seem to be where new clusters pop up the most in countries that are further along than us and if you throw in fans or recirculated air the 6' separation doesn't mean anything. So if you do go, my advice is find places that have outdoor areas to greatly decrease your chance.
  12. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Crusader (711) Mar 10, 2013 California

    You called???

    Actually, I'm in the same boat. I'm in no rush to get back out there. Perfectly happy getting stuff to go or shipped to my door for the time being. Once it's really safe to get back out there, I will be back at with the same regularity as before but we're not there yet.

    Plus it seems like there are anti-mask folks out there just looking to start trouble (probably both sides, actually). No thanks.
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  13. FrogOut69

    FrogOut69 Zealot (505) Sep 24, 2013 California

    You went to buy a cocktail at a bar? They're not supposed to be open, so I'm a bit surprised they're even trying to play along with the rules since they are aggressively breaking others. As far as "loopholes", it was explicitly stated that the example provided does not satisfy the ABC requirement.
  14. SDReaper

    SDReaper Crusader (715) Aug 15, 2013 California

    So long as Resident/NPBC/HighlandPark/SARA keep on delivery directly to my door, I just don't see a reason to head to a tasting room. Not like I was social anyways, I would hide in a corner inside Anvil&Stave at Alesmith to get away from ppl.

    Plus...on occasion, friends swing by and drop off beers. Just 10 minutes ago a buddy cruised on by and dropped off a RR 4pk with mind circus/velvet glow/ and 2x DDH Pliny.

    Add that my better half and I are both classified as high-risk...yeah....#fuckit

    Edit: And somehow I forgot Moonlight in that brewery list.
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  15. putonyourwalkingshoes

    putonyourwalkingshoes Devotee (471) Jul 31, 2013 California

    I won't say which bar because lots are doing this cocktail to go thing and I didn't even enter the bar just ordered from the door and they brought it out in a takeout container.

    Yup it's been this way for 2 weeks at this place but the food thing was recent and while I appreciate they aren't trying to rope me into buying a $20 burger and offering the cheapest alternative, it's just the question if you're going to operate a sit down restaurant why require needing to sell food for something like this. Kudos to how Alesmith is opening, I guess the rules are changing fast now.
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  16. ChicagoJ

    ChicagoJ Poo-Bah (1,917) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois


    Between the setup and posted rules, looks a lot safer than most places previously "allowed" to conduct business (primarily very crowded grocery and big box stores) the past few months.

    Hope all goes well, and the bars without food and other stores can reopen safely soon.
  17. FrogOut69

    FrogOut69 Zealot (505) Sep 24, 2013 California

    That's correct - "To-Go" isn't required to buy food and has been ongoing for weeks. That owner just doesn't know what's going on and seems to be confusing the updated restrictions for alcohol and dine-in. Again, the solution doesn't qualify for the dine-in requirements either.
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  18. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,194) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Do you know if that is a county by county restriction? All of the places selling to go booze (cocktails, mimosas, micheladas, etc) are requiring food orders to get to go booze. I assumed it was a rule
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  19. dvnbtn

    dvnbtn Initiate (85) Sep 9, 2012 California

    I’ll steer clear of going into tasting rooms for awhile. Not in a rush to drink in crowded places, even with social distancing rules in place; people are having a hard time doing in grocery stores, let alone in a tap room.

    I’m perfectly fine digging into my stash and continuing delivery and contact-less pick ups, although I’m not quite sure breweries would continue to offer such services once they open their tasting rooms.
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  20. PaulieWalnuts01

    PaulieWalnuts01 Initiate (22) Feb 20, 2020

    yeah like others have mentioned, i'm in no rush to return to breweries/taprooms. i miss it so much but i'm just not willing to risk it with the threat of the virus higher than it's ever been in my area

    plus, all of these social distancing guidelines take away from the experience and i just wouldn't be able to enjoy myself in that environment
  21. hikanteki

    hikanteki Initiate (110) Oct 11, 2013 California

    Food with to-go ready to drink alcohol is a statewide rule for restaurants, according to the ABC (#5):
  22. yokels

    yokels Disciple (322) Sep 5, 2015 California
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    Terreux taproom is opening this Sat, 5/30. Bruery taproom opening 6/4.
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  23. whiskey

    whiskey Disciple (306) Feb 25, 2012 California

    I'm doing the world tour next week. I'm risking it all!
  24. pdmoore714

    pdmoore714 Zealot (512) Dec 26, 2013 California
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  25. AndyBrewsBeer

    AndyBrewsBeer Initiate (105) May 6, 2015 California

  26. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Defender (625) Jul 9, 2010 California

    seems like Highland Park is getting ready to reopen. They put out a hiring call for FOH staff
  27. riko

    riko Initiate (123) Jan 18, 2008 California

    It seems like the first wave of people to go to tap rooms would be a little heavier on the types who resist wearing masks, think that social distancing rules are part of a conspiracy for the government to control us, etc.

    I'm fine staying home and not drinking with that crowd.
  28. mhucker28

    mhucker28 Initiate (82) Apr 24, 2020 California

    Yeah, I'll be staying at home for the forseeable future. It was already going to be difficult to bring my 3 month old son to most places if everything was normal, so I am definitely not going to chance it for a while.
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  29. SDReaper

    SDReaper Crusader (715) Aug 15, 2013 California

    It's not a conspiracy if it's true that the government did this because the batteries on their birds (also birds aren't real) needed to be replaced so they can continue to monitor the population.

    /big S (but funny to me at least)
  30. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,194) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    You're being played gunz! The birds don't need batteries but they are going to glitch out until they all can download the 5G update!
  31. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Defender (625) Jul 9, 2010 California

    Beachwood HB is reopening
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  32. walterfarris

    walterfarris Initiate (42) Dec 7, 2017 California

    Maybe not the right forum for this, but it appears that Towne Park closed for good. Mentioning because I haven’t seen it on here anywhere yet
  33. pinballplayer

    pinballplayer Disciple (369) Jul 2, 2014 California

    How are the crowds (or lack thereof) at Green Cheek, Beachwood HB, Bruery and other spots open in SoCal?
  34. dcgunman

    dcgunman Meyvn (1,368) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Was at BWHB yesterday for a grab n go. 2 peeps outside eating and drinking.
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  35. asong_net

    asong_net Initiate (98) Jan 26, 2016 California

    Me and my friends (3 of us) tried walking in at Terreux last Sunday and was told it was a 3 hour wait so I'm guessing they're at maybe 30% capacity at most? Probably be that way for most if not all breweries
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  36. pinballplayer

    pinballplayer Disciple (369) Jul 2, 2014 California

    Wow, would not have guessed that! I guess reservations are the only way to go if offered.
  37. SDReaper

    SDReaper Crusader (715) Aug 15, 2013 California

    Lost Cause Meadery's new location

    We can’t wait to share our new space with you! This reservation system is for our Bay Park location ONLY (5328 Banks St., Ste B, San Diego, 92110). Our Miramar tasting room is still open for walk-ins during open hours.

    Right now we are accepting reservations in 2 hour blocks of time each day, starting 6/11 through 6/27. The weekly schedule of available times is listed below. If you can’t find availability on your selected day/time that means all slots have already been reserved.

    Wednesdays & Thursdays:

    • 4 pm & 6 pm seatings: OUTDOOR tables

    • 4:30 pm & 6:30 pm seatings: INDOOR tables

    • 3 pm, 5 pm & 7 pm seatings: OUTDOOR tables

    • 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm seatings: INDOOR tables

    • 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm & 8 pm seatings: OUTDOOR tables

    • 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm & 6:30 pm seatings: INDOOR tables

    Currently this is for members-only to make reservations but will open up to their mailing list tomorrow. Because of that, I am not sharing the link.
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  38. ryno09

    ryno09 Aspirant (210) May 1, 2010 California

    Can't wait for things to get back to normal for pizza, beer (Deft), and mead in their outside space.
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  39. PaulieWalnuts01

    PaulieWalnuts01 Initiate (22) Feb 20, 2020

    i made a thread about TP a while back since i noticed they had closed and apparently their plan was to reopen as a seltzery

    not surprised at all they closed for good. so much for them "showing the other breweries how its done."

    that place sucked
  40. moosington

    moosington Initiate (159) Mar 29, 2009 California

    Pretty sure the seltzer element is still moving forward. Are we certain the brewery closed for sure? I heard they were just moving it to a smaller/production only space? Don't really care either way, because, yeah, suuuuucccckkkkkeeeddd.
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