As Covid-19 roils America and the world, much of the focus has been on how small businesses can survive in an environment of extreme social distancing and self-quarantining. Alcohol producers and retailers—such as breweries, distilleries, and bars—have been particularly hurt by virtue of the fact that many of them are gathering-oriented businesses that make the majority of their sales through their taprooms or dining rooms. At the same time, many Americans are finding themselves shut-in at home and no doubt desiring a refreshing beverage.

Given these dynamics, how is the alcohol industry handling Covid-19? Here’s a roundup of the virus’s impact on alcohol and how entrepreneurial beverage makers are responding—as well as suggestions for how the government can help.

The DrinksReform team will continue to monitor the news for any more Covid-19 related updates.

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