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With industry conferences and gatherings put on indefinite hold, webinars, podcasts and other virtual platforms are becoming widely available to industry members. ProBrewer has posted a dedicated resource site to list the many virtual events that are taking place to help brewers and others in the industry.
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Everyone in the industry knows that aluminum beverage cans have been in high demand, even before the virus crisis. With the growing popularity of canned wine and cocktails, combined with booming sales of hard seltzer, the pressure has been on the can manufacturers to increase supply. But when the COVID-19 crisis forced beer out of kegs due to the closure of the on-premise business, most breweries, large and small, pivoted to canning more beer than before to sell into the off-premise.
”Everyone who makes anything that goes into a 12-ounce can is being challenged to some respect,” Adam Collins, Molson Coors’ spokesperson, said in a CNN Business article.
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As states look at ways to reduce group gatherings and social interaction to control rising covid cases, the requirement to serve food in order to sell alcohol is becoming more widespread across the country.
Since new guidelines were issued in mid-July, breweries in California can only seat customers outside – no inside service is allowed, and they can only sell alcohol in conjunction with meals.
And now in Florida, a new statewide restriction has suspended the sale of alcohol on-site except by restaurants. Breweries there have started applying for food licenses that would allow them to act as a restaurant and therefore keep the brewery tap room open.
In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf issued a new mandate that alcohol sales must be accompanied by a meal at a booth or table, forcing breweries to find creative ways to pivot to being more like a restaurant than a brewery tap room.