Did you know April in Idaho is Idaho Craft Beer Month? Whether you’ve been purposefully or inadvertently celebrating so far, the month-long event certainly looks different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not to mention, retail and restaurants (which craft breweries fall under) are some of the hardest-hit industries.
Many breweries are struggling to keep their tanks and fermenters full, let alone their doors open. According to national data from Nielsen, there was an 8.3% decline in beer category items sold in the U.S. during the first six weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s difficult to produce more product when you can’t sell what’s already in kegs and taps.
So, while the ways we can safely show support for Idaho breweries has been altered, we can still close out Idaho Craft Beer Month with gusto. Here are four ways to show some love to your favorite Idaho breweries now and in the weeks and months to come:
1. Place a Delivery or To-Go Order.
Most Idaho breweries are still churning out amazing brews for you to pick up curbside or have delivered straight to your home. Idaho Brewers United has compiled a list of how you can get your hands on some Idaho beer straight from the source:
Looking to try something new and different or need inspiration for your next beer run? Check out this list of strange (and tasty) Idaho beers to pair with these strange times.
2. Pick Up a Six-Pack at Your Local Grocery or Convenience Store.
If your favorite brewery isn’t currently open, grab a six-pack or two while picking up supplies at a grocery or convenience store. Distributors are keeping local stores stocked, and you can find fresh brews like Land of Many Waters Hazy IPA from Grand Teton Brewing — which is made exclusively for Idaho Craft Beer Month (available throughout Idaho at participating Albertsons, Whole Foods Market, WinCo Foods and independent grocery stores).
3. Purchase a Gift Card or Merch.
Already have a well-stocked beer fridge? Plan for the future by grabbing a gift card (or multiple) to extend your supply or to share with friends and family. Most breweries also have merchandise — from t-shirts and hats to pint glasses and koozies — to help you show off your Idaho-craft-beer pride year-round.
4. Plan Ahead to Support Future Events.
Already dreaming of attending your next beer festival (once social distancing is no longer necessary)? Visit Idaho and Idaho Brewers United have you covered with an ongoing list of gatherings to celebrate beer throughout 2020. The Idaho Craft Beer Month website will be updated all year long with postponed and new Idaho craft beer events.
However you choose to support Idaho craft breweries, the gesture and sense of community will be greatly appreciated by these small businesses.