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California Shuts Down Bars in 7 Counties Amid Spikes in COVID-19 Cases

California Shuts Down Bars in 7 Counties Amid Spikes in COVID-19 Cases

Days after Texas and Florida mandated that bars shut down for on-premise consumption, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered an immediate end to on-site sales at bars in seven counties, as well as recommended that eight additional counties take similar action in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Jiant Hard Kombucha Expands Distribution to Northern California

Jiant Hard Kombucha is pleased to announce it has expanded distribution to Northern California with Morris Distributing. Jiant’s full lineup of hard kombuchas will be available in bars, restaurants, and retailers throughout Sonoma, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, Lake and Mendocino Counties this month.

Maine Brewpub Owner Defies Executive Order, Loses Licenses

Maine Brewpub Owner Defies Executive Order, Loses Licenses

As states grapple with reopening for business in face of the COVID-19 pandemic, one Maine brewpub owner opted to defy the reopening plan Gov. Janet Mills laid out last week that orders restaurants to remain shut for on-premise dining until June.

COVID-19 Roundup: Germany Cancels 2020 Oktoberfest; California Beer Summit Cancelled; Monday Night Begins Rehiring

COVID-19 Roundup: Germany Cancels 2020 Oktoberfest; California Beer Summit Cancelled; Monday Night Begins Rehiring

German officials today cancelled the country’s famed Oktoberfest celebration due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. The California Craft Brewers Association — a nonprofit trade group that represents the interests of the state’s craft brewers — announced today the cancellation of its “Craft Beer Summit,” which was scheduled for September 9-12 in Long Beach.

South Carolina, California Surveys Reveal Vulnerability of Craft Breweries

South Carolina, California Surveys Reveal Vulnerability of Craft Breweries

A pair of recent surveys of craft brewery owners in South Carolina and California have revealed the financial pressures the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 have placed on small beer companies. A survey released by the South Carolina Brewers Guild on April 14 showed that 80% of the state’s breweries may be forced to close within the next three months if the current shutdown of on-premise and at-the-brewery sales remain in place.

Watch: The Bruery and Offshoot Beer Co.’s Barry Holmes on Redeploying Staff and Launching A Beer Delivery Service

Watch: The Bruery and Offshoot Beer Co.’s Barry Holmes on Redeploying Staff and Launching A Beer Delivery Service

Barry Holmes, CEO of The Bruery and Offshoot Beer Co., offers tips to breweries considering getting into direct-to-consumer or membership club business and shares how The Bruery is engaging its members via weekly, virtual happy hours on Thursday nights. He also discusses how adding a line of canned hazy IPAs and a pilsner through the Offshoot brand has helped fortify The Bruery’s business, which was originally built on barrel-aged and sour offerings.

Green Flash Cuts ‘Meaningful Portion’ of Staff

Green Flash Cuts ‘Meaningful Portion’ of Staff

San Diego, California-headquartered Green Flash Brewing has furloughed or laid off most of its staff, VP of marketing Ben Widseth confirmed to Brewbound on Tuesday evening.

Amid Coronavirus Closures, Russian River, McMenamins Cut Staff

Amid Coronavirus Closures, Russian River, McMenamins Cut Staff

As the hospitality industry grapples with the impact of mandated closures of restaurants, bars, brewery taprooms and tasting rooms, craft breweries and brewpubs are beginning to announce staff layoffs and furloughs.