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Whisky Advocate: Craft Distilleries Get Creative To Combat The Pandemic

July 31, 2020

To say Covid-19 has shaken things up would be an understatement, and whisky makers are experiencing as many changes as everyone else. As different states in the U.S. attempt reopening—some more successfully than others—craft distilleries are grappling with how to handle the aspects of their business that are open to the public, such as tasting rooms, visitor centers, tours, and bars.

“I think we’re all experiencing a little whiplash from all the changing guidelines for businesses and how they can operate during this pandemic,” says Robin Christenson, co-owner of Blinking Owl Distillery in Santa Ana, California. Though the Golden State began to reopen starting in May, a new surge of Covid-19 cases forced it to re-impose some previous restrictions. In Orange County, where Santa Ana is located, outdoor dining is allowed, while indoor dining, indoor bars, and tasting rooms remain closed. Whisky Advocate has a full report.—Sam Stone

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