We hope everyone stays safe out there. Obviously, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone, and Free the Hops is not immune. We have a few announcements and a request to support the craft beer community in Alabama as we all deal with this situation.
Please continue to support your local craft beverage businesses
Several counties have been ordered to discontinue on-premise consumption at bars, restaurants, breweries, and other food and drink establishments. Others throughout the state are self-imposing a similar restriction. This is a crisis for many of our local craft beverage establishments and their employees. Many are expected to close their doors, and many of our favorite bartenders, servers, and other service personnel are at risk.
We are asking to do what you can to support these establishments. We have created a resource to list those craft beverage businesses that are limited to to-go sales, either by government mandate or by their own decision.
Buy local when you can, and stock up as you practice social distancing. These guys aren’t national chains and do not have the cash reserves or access to credit to survive for very long without cash flow.
Rocket City Brewfest postponed
Due to the uncertainty of how the COVID -19 epidemic will impact our communities in the coming weeks, Free The Hops has announced the postponement of Rocket City Brewfest, which had been scheduled for May 16. We are working on a date later in the year when we can all come together and celebrate surviving these uncertain times.
Magic City Brewfest still set for June 6
The Magic City Brewfest is still set for June 6, 2020 at Sloss Furnaces. We will continue to closely monitor the situation, and you should monitor this website, our social media, or our newsletter for any changes.