• Hamilton Riley

Supporting Your Local Brewery

It is a very interesting time. I don't know of a better way to say it than that, cause a lot of us really don't know what is going on. We have a deluge of information out there and while we understand what it is, making adjustments to our daily routines is difficult.

While working from home is the most prudent course of action in this technological age, your computer can't replicate physical work. And sadly this affects those fields that produce the things we need or want, and the service industry is no different.

The creature comforts we enjoy as our relief from our work is someone else's full time job, and that includes local breweries. This means the Governor of Virginia's recent declaration of public gatherings has all but closed taprooms around the Commonwealth. But in light of all of these now necessary precautions, Virginia breweries have responded.

A number of breweries are offering curbside beer service of bottles, cans, and growlers. I had a very pleasant experience with one of my local haunts and picked up what would be considered a decent haul from them if I were several people. And judging by the advertisements on social media, I'm sure there is one around your parts that is doing the same thing as well.

Let's be honest, this is not ideal for us and it is less so for breweries. When this ends and the time it takes for normality to be restored will take a toll on countless industries. While this seems a distant 2nd to the overall issue out there, carving out some time and stopping by to pick up a 4-pack or a crowler is probably one of the better things we can do. So practice social distancing as much as you can, but also try and get out to help your local establishments. We are all just trying to figure things out.

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