The economic and public health crisis brought on by COVID-19 and Governor Abbott’s June 26th shutdown of “51% establishments” threaten to decimate the Texas craft brewing industry.
Texas has already seen at least six craft breweries permanently shutdown as a direct result of the pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis, and sadly, the outlook remains grim. A July survey conducted by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild found that one in three Texas craft breweries believe they will have to permanently close in less than three months without some change to the current shutdown order or new economic relief options. Two in three believe they will not make it to the end of the year under current conditions.
If we want our local breweries to still be in business on the other side of this second shutdown, it’s going to take community support! Please help #SaveTexasBreweries.
Statistics are based on survey results from 87 Texas craft breweries, representing approx. 40% of the TCBG’s operating brewery members.
How You Can #SaveTexasBreweries
- Buy beer directly from the brewery. In the 2019 legislative session, we fought and won on BEER-TO-GO. Now, it’s the only thing keeping many small breweries afloat. Need help finding breweries near you? Download the Texas Brewery Explorer app to find the Texas Craft Brewers Guild’s 200+ small and independent brewery members across the state.
- Choose LOCAL CRAFT everywhere else too–whether it’s on your grocery run, or from a local restaurant or bottle shop, if you’re buying beer anywhere besides the brewery, consider opting for local craft over an internationally owned mega brand.
- Buying a GIFT CARD or MERCH from a brewery’s online store is a great way to show support from home.
- Help SPREAD THE WORD! Picking up some curbside beer-to-go from a local brewery? Post about it on social media with #SaveTexasBreweries and encourage your friends and family to do the same. We also have Graphics created by the fine folks at Guerilla Suit available to download & share!
How Greg Abbott Can #SaveTexasBreweries
As long as Texas remains open, brewery tasting rooms and beer gardens should not be among the only businesses forced to remain closed. Amend Executive Order GA-28 to allow all Texas breweries and brewpubs to reopen for on-site service under the same strict health, safety, and social distancing policies as Texas restaurants regardless of whether alcohol makes up 51+% of sales.
These small businesses are a vital part of our communities and the Texas economy and they deserve to be able to prove that they can operate with the same health and safety measures as other Texas businesses.
Since the onset of the crisis, Texas craft brewers have also been asking for the ability to temporarily deliver and ship beer directly to customers. Our petition, launched back in March, has over 18,000 signatures but Governor Abbott has taken no action.