“It was devastating:” Craft beer production down statewide


RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) – There are plenty of local beer options in North Carolina these days. Local brewers make a variety of beers or lagers, but according to the industry advocacy group, production is declining statewide due to the COVID-19 crisis.

“It has been devastating,” said North Carolina Brewers Guild executive director Richard Greene.

The national craft brewing industry is a $ 2 billion economic engine and some small businesses are collapsing during the pandemic.

The Guild said five breweries have so far decided to go out of business. None in the Triangle.

Greene said that the longer the virus persists, “It will be a very difficult year for people.”

There are 326 breweries in North Carolina. Greene estimated that 10-15% remain closed to the public because owners don’t feel comfortable reopening taprooms for tastings.

Raleigh Brewing Company grows during the pandemic and opens a second location in Cary at the Arboretum Mall on Harrison Avenue.

The venue opened as the state entered Phase 2.

“We just made a very careful effort to make sure everything is sanitized and safe,” said Shannon Taylor, marketing manager for Raleigh Brewing Company.

People are starting to patronize the business and Raleigh Brewing is hoping to gain a foothold in the community.

“We encountered the disappointment of not being able to have a grand opening, but I think we’ve been lucky with just our fans and our friends and family are willing to come and try us out during this time,” Taylor mentioned.

Bottom line – income is starting to come back for those brewers who have been able to survive, but many are trying to make up for lost time.

You can support the industry by purchasing products from the curb or at your local grocery store.

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