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Friday, May 29, 2020


Mike Hess brewing operations in San Diego is now open offering rotating food trucks to satisfy the new meal regulations.

GUEST BLOG / By Ryan Lamb, Editor-in-Chief, West Coaster Beverage News (—This week on social media you will likely see posts from breweries re-opening their spaces for on-site alcohol consumption. In order to so, those businesses must sell “bona fide meals” along with the beer, whether it’s through their own kitchen or a caterer/food truck/partnering restaurant. The businesses are to follow this industry guidance made for dine-in restaurants, which includes social distancing, face coverings, etc.

Additionally, bar areas must be closed (except for order taking) with customers seated at tables. In some cases, breweries will be able to expand their footprint to areas like courtyards and parking lots. More information on the regulatory relief is available here.

The Brewers Association’s Great American Beer Festival is moving to an “immersive online experience October 16-17.” The fest and its accompanying awards ceremony were to take place in Denver from September 24-26. According to a press release, “this decision was further confirmed with the announcement on May 20, when Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued an Executive Order temporarily suspending certain statutes to allow the operation of alternate care sites in Colorado because of the presence of COVID-19, rendering GABF at the Colorado Convention Center infeasible.”

Also, in other news, local hard kombucha maker JuneShine is hiring a packaging specialist (part-time, Carlsbad); packaging technician (full-time, Scripps Ranch); brewer (full-time, Scripps Ranch); and a logistics and distribution coordinator (full-time, Scripps Ranch). Learn more and apply here:

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