What You Can Do
                                by Ron. Jastremski

Hello Bob -

I know there are a lot of people like me who really miss going to the
local pub and brewery to enjoy good beer.  But I think there's more
to it than just that. Breweries, liquor outlets and bars are definitely
part of the social fabric so as the nation is being asked to
responsibly socially distance from one another amid the global
spread of COVID-19, it's time for all of us to work together to keep
these places alive.

A lot of places in my area are offering in-brewery pick-up, delivery,
food and beer combo specials and are encouraging the purchase of
gift cards and merchandise including glassware, barware and T-
shirts to keep business flowing. For the time being, some of the
breweries I've gone to are only accepting credit cards and not
handling cash.  They're also only offering new growler or crowler fills
instead of patrons bringing in their own for refills.

It’s so crazy out there right now and things are changing almost
daily, I've noticed that breweries than never canned before are
doing that now. As for growlers the brewery closest to me recently
ran out of them.  Fortunately they just got more in which makes a lot
of we loyal followesr quite happy.  Be it cans, crowlers, or growlers,
have beer ready to go is the key to getting us all through this
shutdown.

I've noticed that more than a few breweries are even banding
together to split shipments of many items and recommending each
other to patrons who stop in looking for something different to drink
at home.  To me this proves that some good can come from this
terrible virus and shutdown.

As a long time supporter of local craft beer and I realize how hard it
is to be a craft brewery competing against the big guys.  Now with  
the closings of their draft accounts it'smuch harder for the small
brewer to survive. Things of course are much worse for newcomers
and those that have already been struggling for their space and
place.. It's all stressful but I think that the craft beer community is
resilient and we the drinkers will continue to do our best to support it,
Having said that I nonetheless think there is definitely going to be a
few casualties. That is not a happy thought.

If there is a plus side to all of this it’s that I've noticed a lot of new
people  stopping by my local breweries to pick-up beer. It’s weird
how it took a pandemic for that to happen.  Maybe people have
finally realized how important it is to support their local business
community..

When I go to pick up beer I often talk to as many people as possible
which sometimes is not that easy because of social distancing and
wearing a mask.  I've found that a lot of people are buying more
beer than they ever did before. Many also said they've significantly
increased the amount they tip when they get beer delivered.  It
would be nice if both of those continued when things get back to
normal.

I hope everyone realizes that the only way for breweries, pubs,
restaurants, bars and other small business to make it though all this
is for all of us to try as many of them as possible from old favorites to
new ones . I hope all the fans of Bob's column do just that.

That's it, Bob.  Stay safe and keep  drinking good craft beer!
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As expected I've received a lot of mail on this general  topic.  It's one  
that many beer drinkers obviously care about.  Ron's letter was a nice
summation of them..  Thanks Ron!

I'd like to  invite everyone to send me their own columns about anything
related to beer in any way just as Ron did.  I select the best and publish
them here.  So join in and get writing!

Cheers!
Bob
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