The longest-ever bull market ended last week. When it began — March 9, 2009 — there were about 1,550 breweries in the country. (About because the Brewers Association count at the end of 2008 has been revised a few times, and the official total is now 1,523 at the end of 2008 and 1,600 at the end of 2009).
Since then about 7,500 have opened, and about 1,300 have closed. (About because the BA has not released final 2019 totals.)
That’s 7,500, or so, breweries that have only sold their beer while the economy was expanding . . . and, of course, before social distancing.
Almost 3,000 of the country’s 8,000-plus breweries are brewery-restaurants. A good portion of the others are breweries with taprooms, in some cases earning most of their income from what they sell across the bar. Social distancing was not in their business plan.
AND FROM TWITTER
Hello. We will be open today for soup Sunday. However, we will be limiting the number of patrons inside at one time. If you see a sign out front under our Civil Life sign be advised we will be 1 small group in 1 small group out. Thank you. Cont.
— Be Civil (@TheCivilLife) March 15, 2020