We’re writing today with a simple update. As many of you already know, our beloved local brewing industry is being hit hard by the limitations enacted to slow the spread of COVID-19, and our favorite spots need all the support they can get to make it though this crisis.
With that in mind we’re calling on the entire CBS community to do what they can to help by making purchases directly from breweries. Even with patios & outdoor areas reopening soon in parts of the state, capacity will be limited and the volume of draft/keg sales will be a fraction of what they used to be. This means that packaged beer sold directly to customers will continue to be one of the best lifelines for many brewers as we wait for things to get back to some semblance of normal.
Below is a list of resources detailing online ordering links, virtual tip jars for brewery & taproom staff, opening hours, contact info, and more for many local breweries.
For over 40 years “CBS” has been a simple acronym for “Chicago Beer Society” but right now let’s help it represent Covid Brewery Supportby visintg these links and placing an order (or three)!
- IL Craft Brewers Guild Guide to Online Ordering, Delivery, and Pickup
- TImeOut Chicago – 32 Chicago Breweries Where You Can Get Beer to Go
- Reddit Thread: Supporting Chicago-area Brewers
- Support Illinois Brewers Merch order
- Become a ‘Beer Hero’ – earn a free t-shirt with purchases from Malt Row breweries
We can’t wait until we’re able to see you all once again out in the real world (preferably bellied up to the bar at a taproom) but until then, cheers and stay safe.
Chicago Beer Society