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Craft brewers can open in Phase 2

Eleven Lakes co-founder Teri Lippi, center, says craft brewers are not bars

May 22. UPDATE 6PM. By Dave Yochum. North Carolina entered Phase Two reopening at 5 pm Friday, with restaurants at half capacity, and, at the last second, craft breweries opening as well.

Bars are still closed until Phase 3 reopening.

Local breweries like Eleven Lakes and Lost Worlds are not bars, and they’re able to open, same as restaurants.

Lost Worlds next to Choplin’s

The NC craft beer industry is an integral part of the local economy, contributing more than $2 billion to the economy and providing more than 12,000 jobs.

The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild argued that the state’s breweries should be able to open under Gov. Roy Cooper’s plan for Phase Two, just like restaurants.

State officials agreed and allowed breweries and distillers to open. Read the actual guidance here.

The COVID-19 crisis and subsequent shut down has been tough on the industry. Indeed, revenues are down 75 percent to 90 percent industry-wide.

At Eleven Lakes, co-founder Terri Lippy contacted legislators in Raleigh to get clarification.

She does not believe breweries, taprooms and brewpubs meet Gov. Cooper’s definition of bars.

“You can go into a restaurant, drink for hours and never be required to purchase food. It feels as though they’re trying to put us all out of business,” Lippy said before the state changed directions on breweries.


3 Responses to “Craft brewers can open in Phase 2”

  1. All businesses are essential! We flattened the curve. Mission accomplished. Open NC!! If you are at risk or in fear, stay at home. Nothing wrong with that. We need a Governor that fights and stand for the people of NC. Remember this when you vote!

    Posted by Doug Fogle | May 22, 2020, 2:19 pm
  2. We have a Governor that fights and stands with and for the people of NC. Many of us give thanks to Governor Cooper for keeping us safe! Remember that when you vote!!

    Posted by Pam Jones | May 23, 2020, 1:40 pm
    • For keeping us safe. Or yould rely on your own good judgement on what to do with your body and life and not a man in a suit. Lol. Give yourself credit. The governor want elected to tell you how to live your life. Not are they rightfully/legally able to.

      Posted by Charlie Dyer | May 23, 2020, 3:26 pm

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