America’s retail landscape is changing by the minute and we promise you no one is thinking about catching up with friends at the local tasting room fight now.
And although there’s never a good time for a global pandemic, with almost 8000 brewers currently online and craft beer’s momentum slowing, Covid-19 couldn’t have come a worse time.
The degree to which the coronavirus will affect the craft beer and hospitality industry remains to be seen, but it will impact the biz and some of that impact is already being felt all over the US.
Bart Watson, Chief Economist for the Brewer’s Association recently surveyed more than 600 US breweries and found that 90% of them reported that COVID-19 had already impacted their business…
According to Watson the survey’s findings were concerning…
“Because so many breweries sell a high percentage of their beer through their taproom or brewpub, and draught sales make up roughly a third of craft production, the rapid shuttering or restriction of breweries, bars, and restaurants has drastically cut short-term cash flow as well as production…”
Officials in the nation’s largest cities, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and San Francisco have already ordered restaurants, bars, and cinemas to close and that trend will only continue.
To help support the beer and hospitality industry that is increasingly experincing less access to their customers, either mandated by goverment or the result of people sheltering out the pandemic at home, Gregslist, (a nod to the app’s founder Greg Avola and of course Craigslist), allows businesses to announce whether they’ll be remaining open to deliver food or beer to go.
With venues searchable by city, Gregslist links to breweries, bars, and restaurants in most US cities who have switched to contact-less delivery, are offering curbside pick-up, gift cards and more.
Gregslist taps into the app’s more than 8 million user reach to offer updates from the nearest city based on IP address. And In keeping with Untappd’s elegantly simple beer rating app, Gregslist couldn’t be easier for businesses to input and for the public to use.