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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 21, 2020

August 21, 2020

•A new DISCUS study has found that craft distillers’ sales have fallen by around 41%—or by approximately $700 million—this year amid the Covid-19 pandemic. A significant portion of the losses was attributed to the shutdown of on-site sales from tasting rooms and other on-premise sales. More than 40% of craft distillers derive above half of their business from tasting room sales. DISCUS president and CEO Chris Swonger said the results of the study, which took place in June, “makes clear the extreme challenges these small businesses are facing and the need for Congress to immediately act to help these cherished distilleries recover.”

•Georgia’s Creature Comforts Brewing is expanding to California with plans for a new Los Angeles brewery and taproom. Creature Comforts’ Los Angeles brewery is a partnership with Joe Russo, an award-winning film director and entrepreneur, who came to know the brand while shooting in Georgia. The LA site will include a 3,000-square foot taproom, a 10,000-square foot production facility and extensive outdoor seating. Creature Comforts’ portfolio includes Tropicália IPA, Classic City Lager, Athena Berliner Weisse, Cosmik Debris Double IPA, and Bibo Pilsner.

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