The global pandemic has been a buzzkill for everybody. But now we may be turning a corner and craft beer majors are looking to reopen their destination taprooms.
Surly Beer Hall to Reopen in June
Thanks to COVID-19 Minneapolis, MN-based Surly Brewing closed the doors on its massive destination beer hall and beer garden last November, putting roughly 150 of its crew out of work.
“This space is built for a lot of people, for socializing and getting together with friends,” Omar told the Star Tribune last September. “That’s not the way the world is working right now. There’s a pandemic going on, and there’s just no way for places like ours to make it in a COVID world.”
But now it appears that Surly’s incredible 350-seat beer hall, complete with second-floor pizzeria, an event center and vast beer garden, will be reopening in two months.
“With Minnesota’s numbers moving in the right direction, it feels safer to enjoy bars and restaurants again. It’s time to for us start planning for the return of our hospitality program and building the team to help get us there,” said Dan DiNovis, VP of Hospitality, Surly Brewing Co. “We have the chance to reimagine what the future of hospitality at Surly looks like.”
Sierra Nevada’s Readies Its Bi-Coastal Taprooms For May Opening
Sierra Nevada Brewing has two destination taprooms, one at its headquarters in Chico, California, the other in Mills River, North Carolina, that closed their doors to the public in March 2020.
But in a press release, the nation’s third biggest craft brewer announced that it was hoping to reopen its taprooms and gift shops in May. Sierra Nevada’s North Carolina location will tentatively reopen on May 12 and its Chico, California venue on May 26.
“We are thrilled to once again open our doors to our customers,” Sierra Nevada Vice President Brian Grossman said in the release. “We have spent months preparing for this and would not be reopening if we did not think it was safe to do so.”
We are in the beer business, and there is nothing we love more than sharing food and drink with our friends,” Grossman added. “This year has obviously been very difficult on us all, and we can’t wait to raise a glass together once again.
Sierra Nevada is currently hiring for food and beverage positions. New employees can start immediately and will receive full benefits.
Thanks to the remarkable progress being made on the vaccination front in Minnesota, the Surly Beer Hall and Beer Garden will tentatively reopen on June 1st,” reads a post on the brewery’s Facebook page. “This date may change as public health guidelines evolve. More updates as they become available.”