The craft beer industry needs your help.
Craft breweries have announced an average of 65% drop in sales since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic almost 2 months ago. Many have had to lay off or furlough the majority of their staff. 46% of breweries anticipate they can only survive 1-3 months given the current operational restrictions.
These are scary and sobering statistics. But we don’t want dwell on the negative. We want to inspire hope.
And we’re doing just that with the Believe in Beer Relief Fund. Together with the Brewers Association, we’ve created this campaign to raise funds for the craft beer community. Beginning April 24 through the end of American Craft Beer Week® on May 17, beer lovers can contribute to the fund and share the campaign.
There are over 8,000 craft breweries operating in the US right now. We want to see them continue and thrive.
If you’ve ever enjoyed a craft beer at home or at a brewery with friends, please consider making a donation. We can and WE WILL save this industry.
Even a donation as little as $5, less than the cost of a draft beer, from every brewery patron would get us closer to our goal.
***For corporate donations, or donations larger than $5,000, please contact Bottleshare at firstname.lastname@example.org to directly to submit your donation.
Relief funds will be available to breweries and state guilds that demonstrate immediate financial need due to COVID-19 and meet the outlined criteria.
Those in need can find more information at https://www.thebottleshare.org/breweries-and-guilds and apply for a grant at https://www.thebottleshare.org/grant-application. Bottleshare will review applications and select recipients based on need.
The Brewers Association (BA)—the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers—has partnered with Bottleshare—a fundraising nonprofit dedicated to the craft beverage community—to create the Believe in Beer Fund to support breweries and state brewers guilds impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The fund is open for breweries and guilds from across the country to apply for immediate financial assistance for operational expenses such as payroll, rent, and utilities.
According to a poll conducted by the Brewers Association earlier this month, independent craft breweries have been severely impacted by COVID-19, as evidenced by a sharp drop in craft category sales, massive furloughs or layoffs, and the high likelihood of a large number of brewery closures while under social distancing mandates. A majority of breweries do not think their business can last three months given current conditions.
“This is a very challenging time for breweries and their livelihoods are at risk. We hope creating this relief fund with Bottleshare will provide an answer to the most common question beer lovers have been asking during this unprecedented time: ‘How can I help?’” said Bob Pease, president and CEO, Brewers Association. “The craft beer community is rooted in collaboration and philanthropy, and now is our chance to come together and give back to our most vulnerable breweries.”
Beginning today through the end of American Craft Beer Week® on May 17, beer lovers can contribute to the fund by visiting GoFundMe.com. Relief funds will be available to breweries and state guilds that demonstrate immediate financial need due to COVID-19 and meet the outlined criteria. Those in need can find more information here and apply for a grant here. Bottleshare will review applications and select recipients based on need.
“Bottleshare was created to support industry workers and their families when they experience hardships,” said Christopher Glenn, founder of Bottleshare. “During this uncertain time, when support is needed more than ever, we’re proud to join efforts with the Brewers Association to reciprocate the love and strength that characterize the craft beer community and help the breweries that make it so special.”