|Hello brew crew!
I hope this finds you healthy and as happy as possible in these crazy times. Like many businesses, breweries are having a tough time and the smallest are the most vulnerable, as they can no longer count on the taproom business that was essential to them. Therefore, it is more vital than ever to support local breweries. How? Simple: buy beer from them. The best way to support ever. Here is in Illinois, the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild has spearheaded a #passportathome program that started May 8th. Via their press release:
Passport At Home kicks off Friday May 8. Craft beer fans who purchase beer (pickup or delivery), gift cards, or merchandise at one of 100+ participating breweries will receive a Passport Frame with their orders. Then, they are encouraged to post a photo of their purchase in the Passport Frame to social media, tagging the brewery and #passportathome.
Each week, Passport At Home participants will be automatically entered into a weekly drawing for a $25 gift card to the brewery of their choice, infusing additional funds into our breweries. The Passport At Home program runs May 8 to June 4, with weekly contests running Fridays through Thursdays.
You can find information on participating breweries, pickup and delivery information, virtual tip jars for staff, and other info here.
If you live outside Illinois, many other brewers guilds, breweries, and other bars, beer stores, and restaurants have pickup and delivery information available, and we encourage you to go forth and conquer.
We will get through this time together. In the meantime, beer will certainly help.