Germany Calls for Oktoberfest
German officials today canceled the country’s famous Oktoberfest celebration because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.
“That hurts. Too bad,” Bavarian Minister President Markus Söder said during Press conference. “We have agreed that the risks are too high.”
This festival, originally scheduled for September 19 to October 4, usually attracts 6 million people to Munich. Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that all major events are canceled until August 31; However, officials say Oktoberfest, or Wiesn in the local language, is too big of an effort to adjust or delay.
“Wiesn is a total work of art that you do completely or not at all, and this artwork cannot be moved back or made in a smaller form,” said event manager Clemens Baumgärtner.
Oktoberfest, which originated in 1810, generated more than 1 billion euros for the city of Munich and attracted 2 million travelers to cities from other countries, according to Reuters.
California Beer Summit Canceled
The California Craft Brewers Association – a non-profit trade group representing the interests of the country’s craft makers – today announced the cancellation of the “Craft Beer Summit,” which is scheduled for 9-12 September in Long Beach.
“We are truly grateful that many of you are planning to travel to Long Beach and join your industry and community at this event,” Leia Bailey, CCBA associate executive director, wrote in an email to partners and participants. “As we assess the coming year, we hope to bring the brewers back to safety. In the meantime, we continue to be here to help your business find the right resources, connect with the brewing industry and support each other for an unprecedented time. “
California is home to the largest brewery operating in the U.S., with 1,040 breweries operating in 2019. By 2018, the state brewery supports 61,335 jobs and generates more than $ 9 billion in economic impact.
Atlanta-based Monday Night Brewery Starts Hiring Hairy Staff
Monday Night Brewing in Atlanta shared last week that they had begun hiring some of their employees who were on leave.
“Because of your willingness to buy directly from our small brewery and generous contributions, we will really be able to bring some of our feathered staff back to the payroll,” the company said. write on Instagram.
Four leave employees were taken home and another employee whose hours were cut had received additional work. Monday Night will continue to contribute 25% of ongoing sales and 100% of donations to staff funds.
“Your willingness to move forward to survive at our brewery and our team has been a very life-giving and humbling experience for us,” the company wrote.
Watch one of the founders of Monday Night, Jeff Heck, discuss some of the difficult decisions the company has made in recent months because of the novel coronavirus with Brewbound editor Justin Kendall here.
Brewers Association, Call for the Beer Institute for Action Day
The Brewers Association (BA) and the Beer Institute (BI) ask members and drinkers to contact their congressman on Wednesday, April 22, to ask for help for factories that are struggling because of the mandatory cessation of taprooms, tasting rooms, bars and restaurants in an effort to stop the spread of novel coronaviruses.
“Although we are a flexible and innovative industry, it seems clear that many factories will be forced to close if things continue like that,” BA president and CEO Bob Pease wrote in an e-mail to members. “We need Congress to take action and provide factories and other small businesses with the tools they need to survive.”
BA, BI and other alcoholic beverage trade groups request Congress for the following matters:
- “To authorize the Ministry of Finance to create a Labor Stabilization Fund for the hospitality and travel sector that will enable breweries to keep workers working, maintain operations, and fulfill financial obligations.
- Defer all federal excise tax obligations for domestic and imported alcohol products, from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.
- Implement a permanent extension of the Modernization of the Beverage Crafts and Tax Reform Act (H.R. 1175 / S. 362).
- Approved additional funding to support the Salary Protection and Economic Injury Loans Protection Program. In addition, adjust the upper limit of small business loans from 250% of the monthly payroll fee to 400% of the monthly operating costs to give the business the flexibility needed.
- Create temporary tax incentives that encourage consumers to return to places to eat and drink on the spot when public health officials determine it is safe.
- Encourage the Administration to work with our trading partners to at the same time defer tariffs that have an impact on alcohol producers and our supply chain partners. “
In addition, BA, BI and the National Beer Traders Association collaborate on tax credit requests for beer that cannot be sold, which do not apply to other trade groups and are not included in the letter. The credit will apply to all federal taxes and “will provide immediate and much needed liquidity to the factory,” Pease wrote in his letter.
Domestic tax payments in March decreased slightly
The US brewer sent 14.3 million barrels in March 2020, a 0.5% decrease compared to March 2019, according to the national trade group the Beer Institute, which shares unofficial estimates of domestic tax shipments paid by the Bureau of Tax and Tobacco and Trade (TTB) ).
Shipments have declined in each of the first three months of 2020, with decreased in January (-0.1%) and February (-0.7%).
Year-to-date, domestic brewers have sent around 38,073,000 barrels of product, down 0.42%, or 161,513 barrels, from the same three-month period in 2019.
Minnesota Allows Restaurants to Sell Beer and Wine To Go
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed a law last week that allowed the sale of beer and wine from restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Associated Press.
“This is a small but important step to provide assistance for local restaurants who are struggling to maintain their lights during this pandemic,” Walz said.
Restaurants and bars are now permitted to sell a bottle of wine or six packs of beer with food orders.
Austin, Texas Based North with Northwest Brewing Shutters
Brewpub based in Austin, North By Northwest has been permanently closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Austin Beer Crafts.
“After thinking and considering for hours, given the ongoing state of COVID that is unpredictable and unknown, we made the difficult choice to turn off the taps in the North by the Northwest,” founder Davis Tucker told the outlet.
Brewpub opened in 1999 and sold 1,501 barrels in 2018, the latest year for which data is available from the national trade group the Brewers Association.
North By Northwest will auction brewing equipment on Wednesday, April 22, according to a Facebook posts.
Argus Brewery closes in Chicago
Argus Brewery, a 10-year-old brewery in the Pullman Chicago neighborhood, is closed forever, according to Chicago Patch.
Co-founders and father and son’s team Bob and Patrick Jensen told the outlet that the brewery had faced economic problems before the COVID-19 pandemic forced factories, bars and restaurants to close for on-premise services.
Breweries go up special attention in 2015 while fulfilling an order for former Chicago resident, President Barack Obama, who was in the area to dedicate a national monument in a brewery environment.
Argus occupies the former Schlitz distribution cage. Bob Jensen told Patch that he hoped to sell the building and make beer together.
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