Will you return to taprooms, bars, restaurants, and beer gardens or wait?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Todd, May 13, 2020.


Will you return or wait?

Poll closed Aug 11, 2020.
  1. Return

    795 vote(s)
  2. Wait

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  1. Cameo64

    Cameo64 Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2017 Florida

    I am 24 days sober and plan on staying completely sober for another 66 days.

    Plus I haven't been to a bar in ages.
  2. keptman

    keptman Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2015 Alabama

    I'm going to have to wait. Just pick n go for a good while. My local beer store guy orders whatever I want that's not stocked.

    People need to be aware that a lot of others think this is a hoax or overblown.
    Let them get the virus and see how they feel afterwards.
    I noticed that most of the ones that refuse to wear a mask are baby boomers (Vietnam era). There's a group of younger trump nuts that follow the false media doing it as well.

    Talking with my pest control guy this week. He's out still working and has had to tell people to step away from my space.
    My dad at the grocery store had a guy in line come up right next to him and start putting his groceries on conveyor belt. While he was still unloading his cart.

    Seriously consider what and where you go. Regardless of what you think others will always do the opposite.
    Also saw a guy go into a restaurant after chewing a hang nail off his hand. Opening the door with the same hand. Just something else to think about what you touch and how many times has it been touched by others.
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  3. Pawlie

    Pawlie Aspirant (296) Dec 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    I will continue to support my local taproom by picking up tasty brews and drinking them at home. With so many states reopening willy-nilly, with complete disregard to science, the virus is still ascending in many places and I will not set my arse on a stool near some InfoWars/Qanon nutjob who is gleefully endangering others while parroting(like some on this thread) the misinformation they are being fed about social distancing, hand washing, sanitizing, etc.
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  4. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Same exact reasoning. If I die I die. But if I infect my family and I live and they don’t......that’s unreal
  5. tigg924

    tigg924 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,890) Apr 30, 2008 Massachusetts

    My wife is also immunocompromised. I will continue to drive to get six packs directly from breweries but it will be a while before I actually sit down for a beer--despite how much I find myself fantasizing about a greasy burger, a couple of drafts and baseball on big screen. Cannot take the risk.
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  6. Scotb79

    Scotb79 Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2019

    We have already gone to our favorite bars to have Drekker Broken Rudder, Blue Moon Belgian White, Sam Adam's Boston Lager. As of Sunday, we have gone six times to our favorite bar and grill
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  7. socon67

    socon67 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,479) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    I would go back as long as I felt safe. So a crowded taproom would not something I'd be interested in, but a place where I can sit by myself or with a friend and enjoy a beer with some distancing would be fine.
    bmugan, imtroy703, hottenot and 5 others like this.
  8. Doug_Fishback

    Doug_Fishback Initiate (0) May 10, 2020 Oklahoma

    I finally went to Lowe's last week. I masked up; most didn't. Now I have COVID symptoms. I'll wait on the bars, thanks.
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  9. IGaveYouPower

    IGaveYouPower Savant (1,034) Dec 2, 2010 New York

    As soon as taprooms reopen, I will be going.

    I'm in NY, where we've been locked down for two months and our governor has a very cautious plan for re-opening as well as widely available testing across the state and a robust tracing program being set up. If, in a month (which is the earliest any bars/breweries will be open based on current timelines) the state has deemed its safe enough to go to these places, I'll be doing so. Especially since so many of these places have plenty of outdoor seating and/or beer gardens.

    And I'll happily wear a mask in doing so and observe any and all safety guidelines since I'm not a selfish piece of trash that thinks a document written by pewter wig-wearing men 255 years ago absolves me of personal responsibility.

    If you think I'm talking about you with that last sentence -- I am! :slight_smile:
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  10. G-Style

    G-Style Aspirant (295) Nov 6, 2017 New York

    Great question! Covid-19 is no joke. I can't drink through my mask so, I will 'George Thorogood' it and wait till the smoke clears and the curve actually goes down. Can't drink if your dead y'know?
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  11. forum8417

    forum8417 Zealot (679) Feb 1, 2011 New Jersey

    For the most part No.

    I consider myself well informed. I work in the healthcare world. I dont watch the fear mongering media all day. To all the people who say ill wait for science and data to determine when it is safe, that time is now.

    I get it if your 75+ or have underlying conditions by all means stay at home, but to healthy people it is totally fine to go outside and get back to your life.

    This whole Stay at home and save lives campaign is offensive in my opinion. All staying home does is weaken your immune system, so when you finally do go outside you'll get sick real easy.

    The I'm gonna stay inside until a vaccine is made is just such a wild statement to make. There is no guarantee that will work and you cant force people to take it if they choose not to.

    People have had enough, they stayed home for 2 months, to continue to "shelter at home" is just ludicrous.

    I for one will not allow Talking heads attempt to tell me how to live my life to help further their agenda.
  12. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
    Pooh-Bah Society

    Boy, it is challenging to keep up with this stuff. Can you please provide a reference or a link to this latest report.

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  13. hGGfRoRu

    hGGfRoRu Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2015 Massachusetts

    Now John at the bar is a friend of mine
    He gets me my drinks for free
    And he's quick with a joke or to light up your smoke
    But there's someplace that he'd rather be
    He says, "Bill, I believe this is killing me"
    As the smile ran away from his face
  14. ZappaCat

    ZappaCat Initiate (0) Jun 23, 2004 Massachusetts

    Waiting on those antibody tests to let me know if I've had it yet or not. If so, I'll be more lax about going out in general, assuming it's not possible or unlikely that you can get it again within a single season. Failing that, I plan to stay mostly out of indoor public spaces until the vaccine comes around, even if that isn't until late '21/early '22.

    If that sounds extreme, maybe it is, but I don't see the point of risking it. I miss going out to eat/drink, but weirdly not as much as I did at first. Seems better to be safe about it. I have been and will continue to get takeout from sit-down places and can/will still buy beer direct from my local breweries (while tipping as if I were consuming on premise).

    Yeah, I'll probably eventually get out more to meet up with people here and there, but nowhere near as much as before. People don't seem to consider the second spike of infections that is all but inevitable in late summer/early fall. I get why they aren't thinking about that as much, but it's still front of mind for me.
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  15. beersampler6

    beersampler6 Pooh-Bah (2,140) Apr 4, 2018 Michigan
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    I'll head back, but taking the necessary precautions.
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  16. EdmundExley

    EdmundExley Grand Pooh-Bah (4,244) Dec 10, 2015 France
    Regional Mod Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    Thank you, Billy Joel.
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  17. traction

    traction Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2010 Georgia

    If you aren't even going to bother reading my posts before responding to me (and I respect you for admitting that you didn't bother reading it) I am not going to bother wasting my time trying to have a discussion with you.
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  18. SuperGrover

    SuperGrover Initiate (83) Jun 24, 2018 Minnesota

    I am at risk, so as much as not going to my local brewery is killing me, going could actually literally kill me. Thus, I will have to settle for takeout growlers until things get figured out. Better than nothing, though!
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  19. forum8417

    forum8417 Zealot (679) Feb 1, 2011 New Jersey

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  20. Crashdaddio

    Crashdaddio Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2016 Massachusetts

    I am very much looking forward getting back to visiting my local taprooms, but don't plan to do it until universally acceptable to do so without a mask. I will have to admit that this whole quarantine craziness has made me be a lot more intentional about regularly restocking the beer fridge from my favorite local micro breweries. Even though I'm not sitting in the taproom I'm quite certain I'm spending more with them all now than I ever did in the past.
  21. KotR

    KotR Aspirant (222) Mar 24, 2011 Belgium

    I will be. But not as of Day One.
    I will be waiting a few days, maybe even a week or two, so that any old stock is gone, and I can have "fresh" stuff.
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  22. milkshakebeersucks

    milkshakebeersucks Pooh-Bah (1,796) Feb 10, 2020 Maryland
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    Remember when they took canaries into the coal mines to check for noxious fumes? If you are eager to rush into a pub or taproom as soon as it opens, then prepare to be that canary or guinea pig. Let us know after 2 weeks and a test how you are feeling.
  23. forum8417

    forum8417 Zealot (679) Feb 1, 2011 New Jersey

    Fair enough.

    My final point, If everyone is so scared that this isnt going away anytime soon, why was I helping break down a remote field hospital in NJ yesterday?
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  24. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
    Pooh-Bah Society

    Bill, what about a beer garden environment where it is nice and sunny and people are spread out and the beer is served in plastic cups?

    And there is live music playing.

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  25. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona

    I will be waiting. Listening to the health experts who are not muzzled they state we need to be very cautious right now and take things slowly. Politicians are not concerned about us they just want money coming in and votes.
    At home delivery and curbside works perfectly right now and I would rather wait a few months and have my health than rush out and get this crap.
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  26. Rocktire

    Rocktire Zealot (662) Jan 15, 2017 New York

    Will definitely go out, but perhaps won't be so anxious to be elbow to elbow with a large crowd...get my beer and socially distance best I can...but will absolutely go out
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  27. Scrapss

    Scrapss Pooh-Bah (2,158) Nov 15, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Nah, you just need one of these when you go back to the brewhall...

  28. tclundberg

    tclundberg Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2012 Wisconsin

    I've been staying at home. My partner is a medical provider in an urgent care. Our thinking about staying at home is evolving. We need to be smart about stepping out into this new reality (and there likely is no going back to some former normal), and stepping back out is going to have to happen. We need to start debating, with generosity, when to step back out. My neighborhood taproom is one of the first places I'll go. https://www.drjohnm.org/2020/05/can-we-discuss-flatten-the-curve-in-covid19-my-eight-assertions/
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  29. ppilot

    ppilot Crusader (486) Jul 17, 2009 Oregon

    Stay safe my friend!
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  30. paul_henry

    paul_henry Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2020 New Mexico

    um, after reading through some of the comments on this thread, i’ll be waiting it out.
    remember kids, Nature bats last!
    (luckily there is plenty of beer at home to drink.)
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  31. Clembo1957

    Clembo1957 Zealot (718) Jan 14, 2004 England

    I miss pubs, I miss sitting drinking in a bar, either by myself or with friends. Here in the UK it looks like July before bars open and then with restrictions - social distancing, cashless, no standing / sitting at the bar, either table service or ordering beer via an app. Larger establishments & those with beer gardens will have the advantage of space. Small, intimate bars & pubs will struggle. I’ll be back Day One though.
  32. hopsputin

    hopsputin Grand Pooh-Bah (3,787) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Would love to be there opening day, however I have some family members that are high-risk, and I would prefer to see them rather than going out as soon as things open. I would rather wait to be safe.
  33. porterman87

    porterman87 Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2015 North Carolina

    Completely agree!
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  34. lsosa54

    lsosa54 Initiate (159) Jan 2, 2016 New Jersey

    Assuming the symptoms I had from 3.23 to 3.28 were Covid, I most likely caught it at OH Pastrytown or the last time I was in the OH tasting room on 3.14. Being older myself and having an 89 yo mother, I will not go back quickly. I'm a front of the line OH guy and I miss those guys dearly, but I will start with gatherings of less than 10, maybe even 5. NYC will be the last to open anyway since we've been hammered.
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  35. digboy

    digboy Maven (1,352) Dec 4, 2016 New Hampshire

    I voted wait, though I will be going to opening day at my local spot with outdoor seating as a show of support. I've been trying to support area breweries how I can and I don't expect to be really hitting bars and breweries like before until the data shows the risk is nominal AND the technology allows me to be comfortable with the choice (i.e. reliable, available testing and/or vaccines).

    For those of you who are cynical and see only political causes here - why on earth would you think politics is a one-sided game? If you perceive the opposition is capable of deception then it is foolish to think your own type are immune to also deceiving.
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  36. GimmeAGuinness

    GimmeAGuinness Pundit (794) Sep 1, 2005 Massachusetts

    I'mma be back at taprooms as soon as they let me.
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  37. timobkg

    timobkg Zealot (627) Aug 24, 2006 New Jersey

    No way! Nothing has changed except for the infection rate slowing down. Even with social distancing and the lockdown, my county is seeing 100 new confirmed cases a day. My town alone is up to 285 cases and 85 deaths.

    You guys are welcome to go out and take your chances to get a beer at a bar.

    I am not going to risk getting myself or my family sick over something I can enjoy from the safety of my home. I feel for bar and restaurant owners, but I have to prioritize the health and safety of my family.
  38. 12ArmedGoon

    12ArmedGoon Aspirant (292) Sep 28, 2016 Kansas

    I plan on waiting for the foreseeable future. I wouldn't hardly get out of the house at all if it weren't for my being "essential" and needing to come into work.

    The only brewery I go to where I live has been doing curbside service since all this happened, and I stop by there once or twice a week to grab cans. That's been good enough for me, and I kind of hope they keep that going once the state opens all the way up. I don't mind bullshitting at the bar, but I prefer to drink at home.
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  39. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2017 California

    That's a lot of guinea pigs...
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  40. ppilot

    ppilot Crusader (486) Jul 17, 2009 Oregon

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