STATEWIDE- If you’ve been cracking open a few extra beers while staying safe at home, you might be able to help hospitality workers by drinking a particular one.
Because of the pandemic, breweries can’t open their doors.
“Unfortunately, we have a lot of people involved in our brewing company that are laid off because our tasting room is closed,” said Abe Furth, co-owner of Orono Brewing Company.
The beer, All Together, was created by a brewery in New York.
Now 448 breweries around the globe are making it, with a portion of sales going back to help hospitality workers.
“We do have the outlet of cans to sell to distributors. Some of these breweries that don’t package and just do on premise are having a really hard go of it,” said Clay Randall, the head brewer at Marsh Island Brewing.
Marsh Island Brewing hasn’t had to lay anyone off at this point, but they’re still feeling the impacts.
“Definitely the staff at front of house has been effected by it. Their wages are down quite a bit,” Randall said.
Orono Brewing Company has had lay-offs, but they hope to see everyone back soon.
“We feel incredibly grateful for all our consumers out there still buying our cans,” Furth said. “We’re lucky we’re still able to operate but we very much miss our staff.”
Both brewers say they expect the All Together brew to hit shelves by the end of the month.