The COVID-19 Virus and Your Local Homebrew Shop (CCHS)
We here at CCHS are dedicated to helping the home brewer / winemaker meadmaker / distiller pursue their hobby. Or craft, if you prefer. We are also a business that needs to make money in order to cover our bills and, in general, survive. As this crisis continues to evolve, we will probably have to temporarily modify our business model. It is in the interest of everyone to halt the spread of this disease, and so far I have been of the mindset that this is, for us, a more or less one on one business and therfore at low risk of spreading the disease. Retail sales at this level offer low risk of contact and contamination, and I have been very careful to sanitize frequently throughout the business day.
Sales have been brisk, much like you are seeing at the grocery, and I should be receiving a partial restock on Monday. As I write this, the yeast, hops and malt stocks are pretty limited. I have been getting creative with recipes to get the customers something close to what they want in a finished beer! But we are a creative lot, aren’t we? At least it’s not a forever situation, which is good.
However, I am only one person and I have my own health as well as the health of my family to think about. The doors are going to have to be shut eventually even if the governor doesn’t decree it. So at this point in time I am announcing that as of Tuesday March 24 our hours will drop back to noon to 6 PM, and Friday March 27 will be our last day of business as usual. I will continue doing business by phone and text message for at least another week beyond that, which means I will offer free curbside pick up at the shop for prepaid orders and a limited delivery service for an additional fee. I don’t know how long I will continue that, we’ll see how it goes and how my health holds up. Hours of availability are yet to be determined.
That’s the best I can do, ladies and gentlemen. I want to stay open forever, but it is in everyones best interest that we step back. I wish you all the best of health. Be good to each other and let’s try and get through this.