Compadre Brewing Closing Permanently Effective May 16th
On Thursday, Compadre Brewery announced on social media they will be closing permanently due to the constraints brought on by the pandemic. Located in Pflugerville, the brewery opened in 2019, by Roy Galvan and his son Roel in the space previously occupied by Idle Vine brewery, which closed its doors in May 2018. At the helm was Russ Hall, previously from South Austin Brewery, brewing up a wide variety of styles all named around the theme of compadre or friend.
Like most small breweries, they relied heavily on taproom sales and had just started self-distribution right before the pandemic shutdown began. They pivoted to canning their beer, which was a hurdle most small breweries could not anticipate at the beginning of 2020, in order to stay afloat and continue to serve their loyal customers. However, taproom sales are critical to most small breweries and to-go sales typically do not deliver the same results needed to maintain originally planned revenue streams.
The pandemic has affected small breweries and brewpubs disproportionally, get out this weekend and show your support for the Compadre team with a Salud.
Feature photo credit: Compadre Brewing via Facebook