*** Update on Mar 18., 2020…
I hope this update finds you healthy and calm and in reasonable spirits today… our craft beverage and hospitality industry is being hit hard with the virus as it invades our communities in North America (and closer to home for me, in Florida…)
Since I posted the National Craft Beer Hoard, here’s what I picked up in St Petersburg, FL… (I’ll make updates whenever I purchase to-go beer…)
From left to right:
- Overflow Brewing, St Petersburg, FL: 4x 16 oz packaged cans of Play within a Play – Collaboration with Orpheus Brewing – apricot and pineapple sour ale 6% ABV – one of my favorite sours!
- Cage Brewing, St Petersburg, FL: 32 oz growler of Mango Bob’s IPA – 7.7% ABV – delicious!
- Pinellas Ale Works, St Petersburg, FL: 6x 12 oz packaged cans of Milk Bone Sweet Stout – 5% ABV – one of my go-to stouts
- Dissent Brewing, St Petersburg, FL: 6x 12 oz packaged cans of Shovelhead Light Lager – unknown ABV – refreshing and light
- Overflow Brewing, St Petersburg, FL: 2x 32 oz crowlers of Hearts and Bobbleheads sweet/milk stout – 5.3% ABV – the special Valentine release with chocolate and tart montmorency cherries – amazingly delicious
As of today (Mar 18, 2020), small breweries in FL are still allowed to fill and sell growlers/crowlers/package beer for home consumption.
The FL governor announced yesterday that all bars and nightclubs (any establishment for which alcohol sales are at least 50% of sales) are closed for 30 days as of 5pm EDT.
Be safe and responsible, and please, please, please keep in touch with each other (especially if you feel anxious or own or depressed!) – we’re all going to get through this together. Slainte to your health! -Carol ****
—- ORIGINAL POST MAR 16, 2020 —-
Good day Craft Beer drinkers of America!
(I know it’s been a few months since I last posted… but life in the Florida brewing scene has been busy. For more, see my p.p.s. at the end for what I’ve been up to…)
This post is a CALL TO ACTION! In light of the growing pandemic and related closings of public venues/ bars/restaurants, etc. I feel compelled to ask you to hoard something more than toilet paper and hand sanitizer and keep your local craft brewing industry afloat.
How can you do that? You can participate in the National Craft Beer Hoard (okay, we can start local and see if it catches on…)
The National Craft Beer Hoard – Part 1: Stock up on Local Packaged Craft Beer!
Show support for your local brewery by ordering (online or by phone) packaged craft beer and pick it up to go (or in Georgia and other states where it is legal, have it delivered) – and drink it at home. (This also applies to local wineries, distilleries, cideries, bottle shops, etc! Many operate on low profit margins!)
Craft beer and craft beverages are ideal for in-home drinking while you’re well or taking care of a loved one or cocooning or in quarantine – stock up on craft beer supplies (canned or bottled) from your LOCAL brewery today! I’m willing to bet they’ll appreciate it.
(And please post pics of your stash as a comment!)
The National Craft Beer Hoard – Part 2: Hoard a Month or a Year’s Supply of Brewery/Tasting Room/Bar/Restaurant Gift Certificates!
Pay it forward – literally, by buying up supplies of gift certificates from your local brewery/distillery/winery/cidery, restaurant or bar. It’s easier than ever to help out your favorite pub, tasting room, brewery or restaurant by buying gift certificates (you can give them away as gifts, use them when the business re-opens, or use them for future purchases of to-go packaged craft beer when your supply runs low!)
Why do we need a National Craft Beer Hoard?
One of the hardest hit with the government mandated closures will be our workers and owners of small craft breweries, bars, tasting rooms, retail outlets, event planners and others who are in some way part of our multi-billion dollar industry who are forced (or voluntarily decided out of kindness to patrons’ health) to shut down public access.
Cash flows are going to be an issue to keep these small businesses running – and we all are in this together.
Spend a couple more dollars on craft beer by buying local (even $5 more for a 6 pack of craft beer over the national mass produced international chain beers will help!) And, I can guarantee your local business will NOT run out of gift certificates !
Stay safe, drink responsibly, and please be kind to each other. Our community is small, vibrant, and is part of our future! Let’s drink to your health and the health of our industry!
P.s., Don’t forget to post pics of your craft beer “hoarding!”
P.p.s., For anyone who is curious about what I’ve been up to in FL Craft Beer… In the past few years, I’ve started speaking about craft beer (globally) including Craft Beverage 101 tasting/education sessions at the annual National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) Experience conferences (2016/ 2017/ 2019) and the international Beer Marketing and Tourism Conference (2020) among others. In the summer of 2019, I started the LLC called Curated Craft Experiences with a business partner!
I’m also teaching On-Premise TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) – a 4 hour safe alcohol serving workshop for bartenders, breweries and bars. (I’m proud to say I have a 100% pass rate with students – contact me for info!), and I did part-time high volume bartending for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates (until spring training ended last week), and if you’re ever in FL and want to volunBEER at a brewfest, you might be interested to know about my group of 500+ Tampa Bay area volunBEERs – on Facebook, check out our page “Carol’s VolunBEERs.” Slainte!