Support Your Local Beer Bars & Brewery Taprooms

Discussion in 'COVID-19' started by Todd, Mar 17, 2020.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,941) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    I posted this on Twitter and Facebook earlier today. Some places have closed until further notice, but many are still operating and there's a chance to help support them right now.


    Invest in the future.

    If available, buy gift cards at your local beer bars and brewery taprooms.

    Grab some beer-to-go and merch, too.

    But be safe, listen to their pickup procedures, and tip their staff well.

    And many are still brewing. Buy local beer wherever you see it.


    Additionally, some with kitchens are also offering food pickup and delivery services.

    You can help support and find beer locations in operation during the COVID-19 health crisis using #gregslist:
  2. mogulskier

    mogulskier Initiate (86) Feb 3, 2019 California

    This is what Alvarado Street Brewery is doing and I am making the trip down to Salinas to support them.
  3. Mister_Faucher

    Mister_Faucher Savant (978) Dec 3, 2014 Washington

    Virtually every brewery, taproom and bottle shop here in the greater Seattle area is doing this. Added bonus is if you buy by the case they are offering HUGE discounts (25-50% in most cases)
  4. honkey

    honkey Zealot (583) Aug 28, 2010 Arizona
    Society Industry Brewery Trader

    We are doing to go beer and trying to continue with mostly normal production in Tombstone. We expect draught sales to dry up almost entirely so we might switch to canning all of our beer for a little while. That’s assuming we can get the cans and people can afford to buy beer in this crazy time. My biggest concern right now is not making money for the business but keeping the employees paid with as minimal interference to their daily lives as possible.
  5. woodchipper

    woodchipper Meyvn (1,174) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut

    I posted this earlier on the "How is Covid19 impacting your beer advocacy" thread.

    All taprooms shut down in CT. One of my locals (Little House Brewing) just announced- order crowlers on line, pick them up on their porch. I am going to only buy beer this way until things are open again. Hopefully many others do and keep these businesses and their employees afloat.
  6. Yabu

    Yabu Aspirant (269) Feb 4, 2015 California

    smart, especially if it's ipas. Won't help anyone if beer just sits and sits.
  7. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (3,967) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
    Society Trader

    Saw this brought up elsewhere, but - are establishments allowed to use gift card funds immediately upon purchase?

    The original poster said funds are not available to the establishment until the gift card has been 'redeemed'.
  8. HaoleBoy

    HaoleBoy Aspirant (268) Mar 3, 2017 California

    my local taproom and bottleshop is closed for on-premises sales but started today offering home delivery. My order will be here soon.
    I don't (can't) drive, while I don't get there as often as I would like I am really glad they are there and as a former small business owner, I feel compelled to do what I can to help them right now.
  9. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (3,967) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    For whatever it's worth, we've had at least one brewery around here start canning all their beer. Previously they would do to-go beer in 12oz 'crowlers' they'd fill up for you on-the-spot. Now they're accepting call-ahead orders and dropping the price of each can to be a more reasonable 4-pack price (i.e. not draft price per can). It's becoming quite tempting to drive out there and pick up a 4 pack or two when I can get their English Dark Mild in a larger pack.
  10. DrumKid003

    DrumKid003 Aspirant (239) Aug 10, 2013 Oklahoma

    The ones that are big enough will survive, but there are a few smaller ones around here that don't have to-go or canning capabilities. I'm not going to front someone money that I have no guarantee that they'll be around in 6 months. I think ordering beer online is still prohibited around here (haven't ever needed to try it and don't see a need to), so the whole "order online and come pick it up" won't work for the smaller breweries that are draft-only at this point.
  11. realJohnnyHobo

    realJohnnyHobo Initiate (159) Sep 18, 2019 Maryland

    One of the local radio stations retweeted and announced a few times on air a spreadsheet filled with the contact information/ Venmo/ health insurance information of bartenders in and around closed pubs in my city to help people in this time. Perhaps other markets can take this idea and get their local bartenders some additional support.
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  12. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,936) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    I really hope all my locals make it thru this. I know I will buy as much local as I can and support as I can. I really think the can option is key, get the beer out and folks will buy it if they can. The big issue is logistics, etc. If drivers are sick, stores are closed, etc. that sort of jacks up the process.
    All we can do is hope this passes fast, good luck to every business out there and your community supports you and appreciates you all.
  13. arivers

    arivers Initiate (32) Mar 22, 2011 Colorado

    I could be off base here but this seems outrageous considering the gift card could be lost or never redeemed
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  14. LGHT

    LGHT Initiate (199) Sep 28, 2007 California

    any other states allow shipping? just found out a few local brews that didnt ship in the past are now shipping!
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  15. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Devotee (481) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    My babe and I are both employed by the government so we’re lucky in this case... that said, we’ve made a list of local businesses that we’ve committed to spending some money at.

    There’s about 10 places on our list and 5 are breweries and another is a beer bar lol..

    Our community is built on breweries and service industry type folks so we’re happy to help support them through this stretch.
  16. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (3,967) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    That's a good point. I'm not sure if the person saying that was grounded in truth or not. I'm hoping we can hear from someone who sees the operation side of a gift card.

    It seems like there are some major credit card company supported gift cards that have a time limit on funds. It's usually a rather long time (2yrs after purchase), but it does mean a lost card would result in funds being transferred to the credit card company (eventually).
  17. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (11,583) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri

    My favorite place, Logboat (see avatar) has announced they're shutting down and working on a drive-thru beer stand.

    FWIW, no confirmed Covid-19 cases in our county, yet.
  18. Riff

    Riff Champion (860) May 12, 2016 Virginia

    Many here are offering curbside pickup and got permission to deliver beer within a short distance. At least one has announced they plan to can just about all the beer they produce as they don't anticipate needing kegs in the near future.
    I've heard of one brewery shutting down indefinitely.
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  19. Mebuzzard

    Mebuzzard Poo-Bah (3,845) May 19, 2005 Colorado
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    Idea for helping local breweries: Everyone buy a gift card/certificate from your favorite brewery now (or very soon). Then, on your birthday (or chosen holiday), have a party at that brewery and use your gift card to buy the first round.
    Maybe wait a week. Some breweries don't have gift card programs set up yet.
  20. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,359) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Society Trader

    Bars were closed here today at 5 pm.
  21. Samlover55

    Samlover55 Meyvn (1,000) Oct 8, 2015 New York
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    New York is allowing it but limited to be shipped with food.
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  22. fegelFatso

    fegelFatso Initiate (162) Jun 23, 2013 California

    I love that many breweries are doing this... it at least lessens the impact on them. I urge them anyone who has some money to spare to support your local businesses!
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  23. beersampler6

    beersampler6 Poo-Bah (1,636) Apr 4, 2018 Michigan
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    I agree. Trying to support the local spots here, ordering food to-go and buying beer (and tipping well) whenever I can.
  24. Argail

    Argail Initiate (82) Dec 19, 2019 Louisiana

    my brewery still open - on to go beer and pizza
  25. sjrider

    sjrider Savant (934) Mar 4, 2016 California

    Stopped by my favorite local brewery today - Track 7 in Sacramento - to pick up some cans of Shenanigan's Irish Coffee Imperial Stout. They are limited to take out only and not filling any outside growlers. I urge all BAers to support your local beermeisters- let's get through this together. Happy St. Patty's Day and cheers!
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  26. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Poo-Bah (1,773) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    Well all bars taprooms and restaurants are closed. I’m just buying local packaged beer. Not a lot of options right now
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  27. Mister_Faucher

    Mister_Faucher Savant (978) Dec 3, 2014 Washington

    You mean to say that NONE of your local breweries are offering curbside stuff?
  28. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Poo-Bah (1,515) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    Especially the small breweries whose beer is only available on tap at one location, those are the ones who could wind up hurting most. I bartend part-time for a place like this and I would be heartbroken to see them go out of business
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  29. CTHomer

    CTHomer Poo-Bah (2,751) May 23, 2014 Connecticut
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    I own a restaurant and we can use the money from gift card purchases the day after purchase.
  30. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (3,967) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Glad to hear this has been disproved. I'll use this knowledge going forward.
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  31. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,828) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    I think that certain states have temporarily lifted restrictions around some of these things, if not they should. Draft only places should have the option of filling and selling growlers. Compensations need to be made during these times to allow places to not go under. Hopefully we will see some weakening of regulations that are preventing these places from doing business in the current environment.
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  32. Giantspace

    Giantspace Crusader (780) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Not sure how gift cards work in totality. At my place of work if you buy a gift card it does not count as a sale for the store. When a gift card is redeemed it counts as a sale in the store it was redeemed in. Where the funds go in the time Btwn the two transactions I do not know.

    There is a small local brewery/bar that will do sidewalk pickup three days a week. Cans , growlers and limited food. Must be paid in advance with a card. No cash sales. You must buy a fresh growler every time so for me I can’t add $8 on top of every fill. I can buy some cans.

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  33. guinness77

    guinness77 Meyvn (1,327) Jan 6, 2014 New York

    If you buy a gift card and somehow you never get the chance to redeem happy the money went to people who probably deserve it, and feel bad for the fact they can’t operate anymore.
  34. joerooster

    joerooster Initiate (60) May 15, 2018 Virginia

    Don't think that's true, pretty sure they can use the money they received for the gift card right away. They would need to set up some type of liability account for bookkeeping purposes to track the gift cards though.
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  35. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Savant (982) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    In NJ the liquor stores can remain open until 8 PM. The breweries can sell beer for off site consumption only. Bars and restaurants can sell package good to go if they want to.
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  36. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (5,404) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Like everywhere, one by one, restaurants, taprooms, and bars are closing here. One taproom/restaurant is staying open, ironically named "Sickies".
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  37. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (3,967) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Another local brewery - BKS - has announced online sales with pick-up scheduled over the weekend. Curious to see how it goes.
  38. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Devotee (481) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    I’m wondering how it’ll work if we all get a thousand bucks from trump?

    Will the folks vehemently opposed to socialism accept the money????

    I’ll certainly spend a bunch at my local breweries and beer places :slight_smile:
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  39. Claude-Irishman

    Claude-Irishman Defender (648) Jun 4, 2015 New Jersey

    There are a few breweries in NJ who are delivering growlers and cans- Unfortunately I am out of the delivery zone-
  40. DrumKid003

    DrumKid003 Aspirant (239) Aug 10, 2013 Oklahoma

    I highly doubt that any of those restrictions are going to be lifted anytime soon, considering the liquor laws only changed 2 years ago. I could see 50+% of the breweries in Oklahoma that opened in the last year, are taproom only, and/or those without canning/crowler fills going away if the bar/brewery shutdown lasts longer than 2 months. I can't think of a single brewery around the OKC metro that has a kitchen where they could serve to-go food, and the only one that I can remember having food is the Prairie Taproom in Tulsa. Everyone else relies on food trucks.