It's no secret that with the closures of business all across the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak, lots of local businesses have been left with uncertain futures. It's not clear when they'll be able to reopen, how they can continue to support staff members, and whether smaller shops will be able to weather the difficult times everyone is facing.
Nonetheless, while you practice social distancing on your couch, you probably still want to have a beer. That itself can be an act of supporting your local brewery, which faces many of the same challenges restaurants and other local establishments are looking at. Just like your favorite neighborhood restaurants and cafes, your go-to local breweries need your help right now too.
When reached by Thrillist, Evan Sallee, CEO of Fair State Brewing Cooperative in Minnesota, says many breweries are first and foremost concerned about their staff and slowing the outbreak.
"We take our staff's health and the public's health incredibly seriously," Sallee says. "So, I think it's incredibly important for folks to abide by the guidance to make sure that we can flatten the curve so this is over as quickly as possible. That's one of the biggest things folks can do to help."
Nonetheless, there are still things you can do to support the craft breweries you love beyond following the guidance of scientists and medical professionals.