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Hopalytics Report on Effects of COVID on craft drinkers

Our team published the results of the “COVID-19 craft beer drinkers” survey. You can download the report here.

The report gives some encouraging signs and helpful insights for craft breweries who are persevering with beer-to-go sales while taprooms and venues are closed.

1. Craft beer drinkers are drinking more

The overwhelming response from our survey was that craft beer drinkers are still drinking craft beer. Despite the concern that macro beer would be an easy substitute at the grocery store, a significant number of respondents said that they were both drinking more beer overall and more craft beer overall.

2. Breweries need to focus on their established consumer base

The survey data suggests that consumers are sticking to what they know during the lockdown and are not trying beer from as many new breweries as they usually would.

Loyalty to a craft brewery was the #1 consideration for consumers choosing a brewery to buy beer-to-go. Craft breweries need to take advantage of this and engage with their closest consumers: regulars, mug club members and historical supporters. Breweries have seen success with a number of tactics: Facebook and WhatsApp groups, weekly virtual happy hours and social media giveaways are all great ways to keep your loyal consumers buying beer and sharing your message online.

We virtually joined the Acopon Brewing happy hour this evening. A great way to celebrate #nationwidecheers. Go buy beer-to-go! Local craft breweries rely on you continuing to buy their beer. Cheers y'all!

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3. Don’t forget loyal consumers who are a little further away

A surprising insight from the survey is how far craft beer drinkers are willing to travel to buy beer-to-go. One in four consumers said they would travel over 20 miles to buy from a craft brewery. To take advantage of this, craft breweries can increase the regularity of their new releases and offers – so that their consumers who are further away know when to plan their brewery visits in advance.

Also be clear on all of the buying options available – if consumers can get your beer mailed or delivered, then make sure those who are further afield get a clear link to buy. This may mean different email content for consumers within 30 miles and those further away.

4. Communication is key

Consumers want to receive regular, consistent, and clear updates from their favorite breweries to easily pick up beer-to-go. Breweries should prioritize regular updates to email lists and social media at a set time every day, every other day or every week. Any important changes should be pinned and highlighted at the top of each social channel. It is important to control the messaging that comes out of your establishment and having easy-to-find updates helps this.

Quality of information available through social media updates was the 2nd most important factor for consumers in choosing which brewery to buy beer-to-go from. Be clear on availability, upcoming releases and instructions on your to-go process.

5. Stick to popular styles

Many breweries have reported that they are seeing increases in sales of higher ABV beer, likely due to the fact that is easier to drink high ABV beer at home than in the taproom. At the same time, consumers are reporting that they are trying far fewer new beers and styles than usual.

The data suggests that during the lockdown breweries would better fare with a “more of the same” approach rather than branching out to new styles for the first-time.

6. Show how safe and easy it is to get beer-to-go

Over half of consumers listed how safe and sanitary a brewery to-go process is as a deciding factor in whether they bought beer to go. As a brewery, you can go out of your way to demonstrate to consumers ahead of time the steps you are taking to keep them safe.

It is worth creating a short video or virtual tour that walks consumers through your beer-to-go process. If consumers can see how easy it is to pick up your beer, they are more likely to come and give it a try.
7. Start to prepare for a normal in how consumers search and reserve craft beer

It will be a while until taprooms are buzzing again with people – and even once they are full again, there will always be consumers who are extra careful and not willing to be amongst crowds. Fewer consumers will also want to wait in line for limited release beer.

The lockdown is showing us that consumers are looking for more ways to search for and reserve beer online, and so as a brewery you can use this time to test online, advanced sales, and pre-order platforms and processes that can remain in place once your taproom is open again.
8. Gift cards are not selling as they should be

Consumers commented on wanting to buy brewery gift cards but reported that it was often difficult to find cards online, and once they were found cards available with the amount they wanted – work with your POS to see if you can offer a flexible price amount. Consumers mentioned Jester King Brewery as having a great gift-card setup on their website.
9. Organizing and innovating is helping breweries and their staff

In tough times, consumers are reporting numerous examples of breweries making the best of bad situations to both sell beer and support brewery staff. A number of local, state-wide and national campaigns have been formed to help formalize these movements including Community Beer’s #NationwideCheers campaign.

One innovation in brewing that opens huge possibilities is the rise in virtual brewery collaborations; opening the door for future collabs that wouldn’t have otherwise been possible.

10. Data suggests that consumers are ready to buy – lobby your politicians

If the “Effects of COVID-19 on US Craft Drinkers” report tells us one thing it is that craft beer drinkers want easier and more convenient access to craft beer. State laws differ substantially, and in many cases are restricting craft breweries ability to get beer into the hands of consumers who want to buy. This bureaucracy is putting our craft brewery businesses at risk – and so requires an organized collaborative effort to change laws and restrictions.

Every stakeholder of the craft brewing industry should be vocal about changes that need to be made in their State. You can find your representatives here

Read our post: 15 tips for selling curbside: best practices for craft breweries beer to-go planning

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Nationwide Cheers campaign to support craft breweries

Community Beer Company in Dallas is living up to its name and organizing a Nationwide Cheers campaign to support craft beer breweries.

The virtual, from-home event will take place at 5pm on Friday March 20th, and is designed to encourage consumers to use curbside to-go stores at craft breweries over the country who have had to close taprooms due to COVID-19.

Nationwide Cheers

The initiative has already started to spread across the US – and Chelsie Markel of the ItsABrewLife website based in Pennsylvania spoke in detail to Corey Dickinson of Community Beer about the initiative.

Consumers can show their participation using the Facebook event – and are encouraged to share the event far and wide.

The Nationwide Cheers initiative is one of a number of ways that consumers can support their local craft breweries. The Hopalytics team are continuing to update the list of breweries across the US offering online gift-card purchase.

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Support American craft breweries through COVID-19 with gift card purchases

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With the growing restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak there is a real fear for the impact on small-business owners reliant on in-person sales. Many small independent craft breweries fall into this category as taprooms are forced to close.

There is a growing online movement by craft beer drinkers to support our independent craft breweries through this time by purchasing online gift cards that can be used once the crisis is over.

We have compiled a State-by-State list of breweries and craft-beer companies who are offering gift card purchase directly online. A purchase will help the brewery with short-term cash flow and give you – the consumer – something great to look forward to once the crisis is over.

If you are a brewery and have online gift-card purchase link, where your receive the revenue directly and instantly – please reach out to be added to this list:

See breweries by State:

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington Washington D.C. West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming


Breweries and brewpubs in Alabama directly selling gift cards online:

Birmingham – Back Forty Beer Company

Gulf Shores – Big Beach Brewing Company

Huntsville – Straight to Ale

Huntsville – Yellowhammer Brewing

Mobile – Serda Brewing

Montgomery – Common Bond Brewers

Opelika – Resting Pulse Brewing Company


Breweries and brewpubs in Alaska directly selling gift cards online:

Anchorage – Glacier Brewhouse

Anchorage – Midnight Sun Brewing

Juneau – Alaskan Brewing Company

Palmer – Arkose Brewery


Breweries and brewpubs in Arizona directly selling gift cards online:

Chandler – San Tan Brewing

Chandler – The Perch Brewery

Flagstaff – Historic Brewing Company

Flagstaff – Beaver Street Brewery

Fountain Hills – Bone Haus Brewing

Flagstaff – Lumberyard Brewing Company

Goodyear – Saddle Mountain Brewing Company

Mesa – Red, White & Brew

Phoenix – Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.

Phoenix – O.H.S.O Eatery & Nano Brewery

Phoenix – Wren House Brewing Co.

Tucson – Pueblo Vida Brewing


Breweries and brewpubs in Arkansas directly selling gift cards online:

Little Rock – Lost Fourty Brewing

Paris – Prestonrose Farm and Brewing Co

Springdale – Saddlebock Brewery


Breweries and brewpubs in California directly selling gift cards online:

Berkeley – Fieldwork Brewing Company

Ceres – Blaker Brewing

Davis – Three Mile Brewing

Los Angeles – Boomtown Brewery

Los Angeles – HopSaint Brewing Co

Los Angeles – Modern Times Dankness Dojo

Los Angeles – Monkish Brewing Co.

LA Beer Hop brewery tours – buy gift cards here

Oakland – Original Pattern Brewing Company

Sacramento – Alaro Craft Brewery

San Diego – Belching Beaver Brewery

San Diego – Coronado Brewing Company

San Diego – Mission Brewery

San Diego – Hillcrest Brewing Company

San Diego – Kilowatt Brewing

San Diego – Brewery Tours of San Diego – buy gift card

San Francisco – Barebottle Brew Co

San Francisco – Black Hammer Brewing

San Francisco – Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

Santa Barbara – Modern Times Academy of Recreational Sciences

Santa Cruz – Humble Sea Brewing Co.

Windsor – Russian River Brewing Company


Breweries and brewpubs in Colorado directly selling gift cards online:

Boulder – Avery Brewing Company

Boulder – Twisted Pine Brewing Company

Colorado Springs – Bristol Brewing Company

Colorado Springs – Colorado Mountain Brewery

Denver – Denver Beer Co.

Denver – Fiction Beer Company

Denver – Great Divide Brewing Co.

Denver – Platt Park Brewing

Denver – Wynkoop Brewing Co

Fort Collins – Black Bottle Brewery

Fort Collins – Horse and Dragon Brewing


Breweries and brewpubs in Connecticut directly selling gift cards online:

Derby – The Hops Company

Kent – Kent Falls Brewing Company

Oxford – Black Hog Brewing

Ridgefield – Nod Hill Brewery

Connecticut Beer Tours – buy gift cards here


Breweries and brewpubs in Delaware directly selling gift cards online:

Delmar – 3rd Wave Brewing Co.

Dover – Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company

Lewes – Crooked Hammock Brewery

Rehoboth Beach – Revelation Craft Brewing

Smyrna – Blue Earl Brewing Company


Breweries and brewpubs in Florida directly selling gift cards online:

Brandenton – Motorworks Brewing

Clermont – Clermont Brewing Company

Coral Springs – Big Bear Brewing Co

Dunedin – Dunedin Brewery

Gainesville – Swamp Head Brewery

Orlando – Dead Lizard Brewing Company

Orlando – Orlando Brewing

Orlando – Park Pizza & Brewing Co.

Orlando – RockPit Brewing

Tallahassee – Proof Brewing Company

Tampa – Coppertail Brewing Co.

Vero Beach – Walking Tree Brewery

Winter Garden – Crooked Can Brewery


Breweries and brewpubs in Georgia directly selling gift cards online:

Alpharetta – Loyal Q and Brew

Athens – Terrapin Beer Co.

Atlanta – Monday Night Brewing

Decatur – Three Taverns Craft Brewery


Breweries and brewpubs in Hawaii directly selling gift cards online:

Big Island – Kona Brewing Co

Oahu – Honolulu – Honolulu Beerworks


Breweries and brewpubs in Idaho directly selling gift cards online:

Boise – Boise Brewing

Boise – White Dog Brewing Co.

Hailey – Sawtooth Brewery

Pocatello – Portneuf Valley Brewing


Breweries and brewpubs in Illinois directly selling gift cards online:

Chicago – Half Acre Beer Company

Chicago – Maplewood Brewery & Distillery

Chicago – Off Color Brewing

Chicago – Revolution Brewing

Chicago-land – Evanston – Temperance Beer Co

Chicago-land – Lombard – Noon Whistle Brewing

Chicago-land – Machesney Park – Pig Minds Brewing Co.

Chicago-land – Mundelein – Tighthead Brewing Company

Chicago-land – Naperville – Solemn Oath Brewery

Chicago-land – Villa Park – More Brewing Company

Galena – Galena Brewing Company

Lemont – Pollyanna Brewing Company

Monticello – Monarch Brewing Company

Ottowa – Tangled Roots Brewing Company

Springfield – Engrained Brewing


Breweries and brewpubs in Indiana directly selling gift cards online:

Bloomington – Upland Brewing Company

Fishers – Four Day Ray Brewing

Hammond – 18th St Brewery

Mishawaka – Evil Czech Brewery

Munster – 3 Floyds


Breweries and brewpubs in Iowa directly selling gift cards online:

Amana – Millstream Brewing Co.

Decorah – Toppling Goliath Brewing Co

Des Moines – Exile Brewing Company

Des Moines – Confluence Brewing Company

Iowa City – Big Grove Brewery


Breweries and brewpubs in Kansas directly selling gift cards online:

Emporia – Radius Brewing Company

Hays – Defiance Brewing Company

Overland Park/Kansas City – Brew Lab

Overland Park/Kansas City – Martin City Brewing Company


Breweries and brewpubs in Kentucky directly selling gift cards online:

Lexington – West Sixth Brewing

Louisville – Bluegrass Brewing Company


Breweries and brewpubs in Louisiana directly selling gift cards online:

Hammond – Gnarly Barley Brewing

New Orleans – Crescent City Brewhouse

New Orleans – NOLA Brewing Company

New Orleans – Urban South Brewery


Breweries and brewpubs in Maine directly selling gift cards online:

Augusta – Cushnoc Brewing

Bangor – Sea Dog Brewing Company

Freeport – Maine Beer Company

Portland – Goodfire Brewing Company

Portland – Island Dog Brewing

Portland – Portland Beer Hub

Portland – Rising Tide Brewing


Breweries and brewpubs in Maryland directly selling gift cards online:

Baltimore – Diamondback Brewing Company

Hunt Valley – B.C. Brewery

Laurel – Jailbreak Brewing Company

Odenton – Crooked Crab Brewing Co.

Rockville – 7 Locks Brewing

Salisbury – Evolution Craft Brewing Company


Breweries and brewpubs in Massachusetts directly selling gift cards online:

Boston – Beerworks Brewing Company

Boston – Dorchester Brewing Company

Charlton – Tree House Brewing Company

Everett – Night Shift Brewing

Milford – CraftRoots Brewing

Northampton – Northampton Brewery

Westminster – Wachusett Brewing Company

Worcester – Greater Good Imperial Brew Co.


Breweries and brewpubs in Michigan directly selling gift cards online:

Ann Arbour – Arbour Brewing

Ann Arbour – Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery

Detroit – Eastern Market Brewing Co.

Detroit – Atwater Brewery

Detroit – Jolly Pumpkin

Grand Rapids – Atwater Brewery

Marquette – Blackrocks Brewery


Breweries and brewpubs in Minnesota directly selling gift cards online:

Duluth – Bent Paddle Brewing

Minneapolis – Surly Brewing Co.

Minneapolis – Town Hall Brewery

Moorhead – Junkyard Brewing Company

Reads Landing – Reads Landing Brewing Company

Spring Park – Back Channel Brewing

Two Harbors – Castle Danger Brewery


Breweries and brewpubs in Mississippi directly selling gift cards online:

Kiln – Lazy Magnolia Brewery (merch only)

Oxford – Jackson Beer Company


Breweries and brewpubs in Missouri directly selling gift cards online:

Columbia – Flat Branch Pub & Brewing

Kansas City – Beer KC

Springfield – Tie & Timber Beer Co.

St Louis – Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

St Louis – Schlafly Beer, Saint Louis Brewery


Breweries and brewpubs in Montana directly selling gift cards online:

Missoula – Gild Brewing

Missoula – Highlander Beer


Breweries and brewpubs in Nebraska directly selling gift cards online:

Lincoln – Lazlo’s Brewery

McCook – Loop Brewing Company

Omaha – Lazlo’s Brewery

Omaha – Thunderhead Brewing

Omaha – Upstream Brewing Company


Breweries and brewpubs in Nevada directly selling gift cards online:

Las Vegas – Big Dog’s Brewing Co.

Reno – Lead Dog Brewing

Sparks – Great Basin Brewing Company

New Hampshire

Breweries and brewpubs in New Hampshire directly selling gift cards online:

Conway – Tuckerman Brewing Co

Hampton – Smuttynose Brewing Company

Manchester – Great North Aleworks

Meredith – Twin Barns Brewing Company

North Woodstock – Woodstock Inn Brewery

Portsmouth – Portsmouth Brewery

New Jersey

Breweries and brewpubs in New Jersey directly selling gift cards online:

Atlantic Highlands – Carton Brewing

Avalon – Slack Tide Brewing Company

Cape May – Cold Spring Brewery

Denville – Fort Nonsense Brewing Company

Hackettstown – Jersey Girl Brewing

Tinton Falls – Jughandle Brewing Company

New Mexico

Breweries and brewpubs in New Mexico directly selling gift cards online:

Albuquerque – Ponderosa Brewing

Albuquerque – Steel Bender Brewyard

Corrales – Ex Novo Brewing Company

Rio Rancho – Turtle Mountain Brewing Company

Santa Fe – Chili Line Brewery

Santa Fe – Santa Fe Brewing

New York

Breweries and brewpubs in New York directly selling gift cards online:

Auburn – Prison City Brewing

Buffalo – Resurgence Brewing Co.

Ellicottville – Ellicottville Brewing Company

Hudson Valley – Hudson Valley Brewery

Ithaca – Ithaca Beer Co

Lake Placid – Big Slide Brewery

New York City – Brooklyn – Circa Brewing Co

New York City – Brooklyn – Other Half Brewing

New York City – Long Island – Port Jeff Brewing

New York City – The Bronx – The Bronx Brewery

Poughkeepsie – Mill House Brewing Company

North Carolina

Breweries and brewpubs in North Carolina directly selling gift cards online:

Asheville – Asheville Brewing Company

Boone – Lost Province Brewing Co.

Charlotte – Wooden Robot Brewery

Durham – Fullsteam Brewery

Fayetteville – Mash House Brewing Company

Raleigh – Trophy Brewing Company

Southern Pines – Southern Pines Brewing Company

Wilmington – Front Street Brewery

North Dakota

Breweries and brewpubs in North Dakota directly selling gift cards online:

Fargo – Drekker Brewing Company


Breweries and brewpubs in Ohio directly selling gift cards online:

Cincinnati – Fifty West Brewing Company

Cincinnati – Mad Tree Brewing

Cincinnati – Rhinegeist Brewery

Cleveland – Collision Bend Brewing

Cuyahoga Falls – HIHO Brewing

Dayton – Mud Lick Tap House

Mt Vernon – Stein Brewing Company

Minerva – Sandy Springs Brewing Company

Westlake – Sibling Revelry Brewing

Yellow Springs – Yellow Springs Brewery


Breweries and brewpubs in Oklahoma directly selling gift cards online:

Oklahoma City – Bricktown Brewery

Oklahoma City – Roughtail Brewing Co.

Oklahoma City – Stonecloud Brewing Company

Tulsa – Marshall Brewing Company


Breweries and brewpubs in Oregon directly selling gift cards online:

Bend – GoodLife Brewing Company

Bend – Worthy Brewing Company

Corvallis – Block 15 Brewing Co

Hood River – Double Mountain Brewery

Portland – Breakside Brewing

Portland – Ecliptic Brewing

Portland – Gigantic Brewing Co

Portland – Hopworks Urban Beer

Portland – Wayfinder Beer


This list was compiled with help from Chelsie Markel (@dzyngrl) of

For additional information also check out the Breweries in Pennsylvania website.

Breweries and brewpubs in Pennsylvania directly selling gift cards online:

Ardmore – Tired Hands Brewing Co also ships beer to PA addresses here

Berwyn – La Cabra Brewing

Braddock – Brew Gentlemen – Take out beer only once ordered online

Carlisle – Market Cross Pub & Brewery – Food Delivery ($5 charge) & Curbside Pickup + Beer Curbside Pickup

Carlisle – Molly Pitcher Brewing Company – call-in for pick-up or deliveries

Indiana – Levity Brewing Company

Exton – Stolen Sun Craft Brewing and Roasting Company – Online ordering for pickup or delivery

Harrisburg – Appalachian Brewing Company

Harrisburg – Boneshire Brew Works: online ordering for curbside pickup

Gettysburg – Fourscore Beer Co

Middletown – Tattered Flag Brewery & Still Works – Food & Drinks for online order/Curbside Pickup

Perkasie – Free Will Brewing Company – also offering online ordering on their website

Philadelphia – Dock Street Brewery

Philadelphia – Manayunk Brewing Company

Philadelphia – Yards Brewing Company

Pittsburgh – Dancing Gnome Brewery – also order online 4-packs for pickup

Pittsburgh – East End Brewing

Pittsburgh – Grist House Craft Brewery

Pittsburgh – Spoonwood Brewing Company

West Chester – Levante Brewing Company also online Can orders for curbside pickup

Rhode Island

Breweries and brewpubs in Rhode Island directly selling gift cards online:

Providence – Bayberry Beer Hall

Providence – Trinity Brewhouse

South Carolina

Breweries and brewpubs in South Carolina directly selling gift cards online:

Charleston – Ghost Monkey Brewery

Charleston – Revelry Brewing Co.

Charleston – Two Blokes Brewing

Rock Hill – Legal Remedy Brewing

South Dakota

Breweries and brewpubs in South Dakota directly selling gift cards online:

Rapid City – Dakota Point Brewing

Rapid City – Firehouse Brewing Company

Rapid City – Lost Cabin Beer Co.

Sioux Falls – Fernson Brewing Company

Sioux Falls – Severance Brewing Company


Breweries and brewpubs in Tennessee directly selling gift cards online:

Gatlinburg – Smoky Mountain Brewery

Knoxville – K Brew

Memphis – High Cotton Brewing

Memphis – Wiseacre Brewing Co.

Nashville – Bearded Iris Brewing

Nashville – Jackalope Brewing Company

Nashville – The Black Abbey Brewing Company

Texas – see the full Texas list here


Breweries and brewpubs in Utah directly selling gift cards online:

Layton – Roosters Brewing Company

Moab – Moab Brewery

Salt Lake City – Salt Fire Brewing Company


Breweries and brewpubs in Vermont directly selling gift cards online:

Brattleboro – Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery

Burlington – Foam Brewers

Northfield – Good Measure Brewing Co.

Stowe – The Alchemist

Stowe – Idletyme Brewing Company


Breweries and brewpubs in Virginia directly selling gift cards online:

Afton – Blue Mountain Brewery

Alexandria – Port City Brewing

Bluemont – Bear Chase Brewing Company

Bluemont – Dirt Farm Brewing

Charlottesville – Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery

Manassas – 2 Silos Brewing Company

Portsmouth – MoMac Brewing

Waynesboro – Stable Craft Brewing


Breweries and brewpubs in Washington directly selling gift cards online:

Bellingham – Boundary Bay Brewery

Bellingham – Kulshan Brewing Co

Seattle – Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co.

Seattle – Elliott Bay Brewing Company

Seattle – Georgetown Brewing Co

Seattle – The Beer Junction

Seattle – Two Beers Brewing Co.

Vancouver – Hopworks Urban Beer

Vancouver – Feral Public House/Heathen Brewing

Washington, D.C.

Breweries and brewpubs in Washington DC directly selling gift cards online:

Washington, D.C. – Old Ox Brewery

Washington, D.C. – Right Proper Brewing Company

Washington, D.C. – Hellbender Brewing Company

West Virginia

Breweries and brewpubs in West Virginia directly selling gift cards online:

Charles Town – Abolitionist Ale Works


Breweries and brewpubs in Wisconsin directly selling gift cards online:

Madison – One Barrell Brewing Company

Madison – Giant Jones Brewing

Madison – Working Draft Beer Company

Milwaukee – Good City Brewing

Milwaukee – Lakefront Brewery

Milwaukee – Water Street Brewery

Potosi – Potosi Brewery


Breweries and brewpubs in Wyoming directly selling gift cards online:

Jackson – Snake River Brewing

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Texas craft beer drinkers can support local craft breweries with gift cards

COVID-19 outbreak to limit taproom sales

With the growing advice to self-isolate to control the COVID-19 virus outbreak, there is a real fear that Texas independent craft breweries and brewpub taproom sales will suffer. Our brewers rely on taproom sales to generate year-round revenue and a drop in visitors for a few weeks can affect business operations.

One way that craft beer drinkers can continue to support their local breweries at this time is to purchase online merchandise and gift cards for future use in the taproom. Buying gift cards online for future use that are sold directly from the brewery ensures that revenue continues to flow to businesses at this difficult time.

Texas Craft Beer Gift Cards

The Hopalytics team compiled a list of some of the Texas independent craft breweries and brewpubs who offer gift-card sales online:

Jump to your region: Austin Dallas/Fort Worth El Paso Hill Country Houston Midland San Antonio Shiner

See full list below


Eureka Heights Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Spindletap Brewery

Urban South Brewery


Battlehops Brewing


Back Pew Brewing



Adelbert’s Brewery

Black Star Co-Op

Bluebonnet Beer Company

Central Machine Works

Independence Brewing

Infamous Brewing

Jester King Brewery

Lazarus Brewing

Pinthouse Pizza

Red Horn Brewing Company

The Brewtorium

Whitestone Brewery

Vista Brewing

Zilker Brewing Company

Austin Brewery Tours – buy gift cards

Banger’s Austin Sausage House & Beer Garden – buy gift cards

Dripping Springs-area – see all beer-to go options

12 Fox Beer Co

Acopon Brewing

Family Business Beer Co

Suds Monkey Brewing Company

Treaty Oak Distilling & Brewing Co

Hill Country


Real Ale Brewing Company

Marble Falls-area

Bear King Brewing Company

San Marcos-area

Middleton Brewing

Dallas/Fort Worth-area


Bankhead Brewing Company

Community Beer Company

Legal Draft Beer Co

Peticolas Brewing Company

Steam Theory Brewing Company

Fort Worth-area

Cowtown Brewing Company

Funky Picnic Brewery & Café

HopFusion Ale Works – call to purchase over phone (682)-841-1721 or email

Martin House Brewing Company

Panther Island Brewing – call to purchase over phone (817)-882-8121


TUPPS Brewery


Tall City Brewing

San Antonio-area

Freetail Brewing

Longtab Brewing

Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery

New Braunfels-area

New Braunfels Brewing

Looking to tour San Antonio and Hill Country breweries? Buy a gift card for future use on the Craft Cruiser


Spoetzl Brewery

El- Paso Area

Deadbeach Brewery

If your independent craft brewery or brewpub offers direct gift card sales online and is not in the list, please reach out to be added:

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New Brewery Profile: Roughhouse Brewing in San Marcos

Best New Texas Brewery: Roughhouse Brewing in San Marcos

Roughhouse Brewing in San Marcos recently celebrated its 1-year anniversary, and was deservedly listed as one of the top new breweries in Texas in the Texas Craft Beer Report.

Roughhouse Brewing best new brewery in Texas
Left to right: Alex Pasternak, San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson, Andy Pasternak, Davy Pasternak
The Roughhouse Brewing Team

“Roughhouse is very much a family business” says owner Alex Pasternak. It was founded by Alex and her husband Davy as a project to create a Texas-centric and family-centric space. Situated on Davy’s parents’ land a few miles from San Marcos, the brewery celebrates the couples’ love of craft beer and the local community. The couple are joined by Davy’s brother Andy and have quickly established a space that consumers love to visit.

“The name Roughhouse represents the familial and playful memories of growing up in Texas, coupled with an image in the logo that more literally depicts the rustic and welcoming qualities of our brewery and beer.”

Roughhouse named one of the best new breweries in Texas

San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson presented the “Best New Brewery” award to Roughhouse Brewing’s owners. “This award means a lot to our small team” explains Pasternak. “with only three full-time owner/employees (and the help of five part-time staff members), we cover a lot of ground each week. We do it because we believe in our product and in the general objective of providing good, honest customer service and relationships to our patrons and our industry peers”.

Roughhouse Brewing’s success is the latest in a growing San Marcos beer scene that includes Roughhouse’s neighbors Middleton Brewing, AquaBrew (identified in the Texas Craft Beer Report as a great place to eat) and top ranked brewery Hops & Grain who have expanded from their Austin location.

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Roughhouse launch cave-aged beer program

Despite only selling beer in San Marcos for a little over 12 months, Roughhouse are already heavily innovating within the Texas craft beer community utilizing their unique property.

Pasternak explains “In February 2020 we started a cave-aged beer program at Roughhouse! Using a natural, underground cave on the property, we excavated for nearly a year to prepare the space to house what will start as a small cellar with eight barrels. To kickoff the new series of funkier, wild beer, we collaborated with Jester King Brewery to create a spontaneously fermented ale using Texas ingredients and aged hops. It will be at least a year before we taste the results of this first beer, but we’re excited to see what the future holds!”

Read about the top 10 best new breweries in Texas as voted by respondents to the 2019 Texas Craft Beer Survey.

Roughhouse is also working to ensure the food they serve on site at their brewery is as ingrained in their Texas roots as their beer.

“We are transitioning our on-site kitchen to fully promote and source from local or Texas farms, with a lineup of scratch-made sandwiches, soups, salads and snacks.”

“We’re excited to marry our vision for our beer (and wine) program, which is heavily focused on local providers, to the food side of operations! We are overdue to showcase Texas food makers, and we’re excited to bring that to our community.”

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New Brewery Profile: Tall City Brewing Company in Midland

Tall City Brewing Company in Midland was named one of the top 10 Best New Breweries in Texas in the Texas Craft Beer Report.

San Antonio’s JD Duran, a.k.a @TxBeerDude, made the trip to Midland to visit Midland Brewing Co first hand, and he was more than happy to report on his experience:

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JD Duran (@txbeerdude) gives his take on Midland’s Tall City Brewing Co.

Tall City Brewing Co.

I recently had the opportunity and pleasure to visit Midland’s newest craft beer brewery; Tall City Brewing Company.

Arriving in Midland on a Friday afternoon, we were met with a beautiful and massive venue, along with a very crowded parking lot. As the parking lot suggested, and despite Tall City only having been open a few months, it was a full house and not a seat to be found as we walked in the door.

I ordered a flight of four beers:

Tall City Brewing Midland
  • Bird Lady American Pale Ale
  • Haboob Hefeweizen
  • Hop Up Camper American IPA
  • Iron Orchard Stout.

Every beer was delicious, but my personal favorite was the Haboob Hefeweizen. I found this beer to be very easy drinking, it had a great flavor with notes of bananas and cloves.

Tall City’s large taproom offers both indoor and outdoor covered seating areas. We opted to hang outside under the patio heaters since it was a little chilly. It was really a great vibe; with live music, food trucks and very family-friendly.

The folks behind Tall City

I was fortunate to meet four of the five owners of Tall City Brewing Company: Jeff Thomas, Erich Schmidt, Nicholas Schmidt and Jarrod Sparks. I was truly impressed that they were either slinging beer behind the bar or bussing tables during their peak busy periods.

Once things settled down a bit, I had the opportunity to sit down for a chat with Jeff and Jarrod.

I wanted to know how the idea of Tall City Brewing was conceived. Jeff remembers a visit to Jester King in Austin with his sister back in 2016. After having 2 beers, the idea of opening a brewery back in Midland popped into his head. He then texted his two buddies Erich and Nicholas Schmidt about the idea. Their response: “We’re in!”.

Left to right: Nicholas Schmidt, Jeff Thomas, JD Duran, Erich Schmidt and Jarrod Sparks

The name Tall City pays homage to the city of Midland as it is known as the “tall city” of west Texas. In October 2016 the LLC for Tall City Brewing was acquired, a site was identified on West Golf Course Road and ground broke in late 2018. Tall City’s grand opening was November 15th, 2019.

When I asked about some of the goals for Tall City Brewing, Jarrod was clear that their goal for the next year is to become the top regional brewery in West Texas. With distribution in the works, the team will to continue to brew traditional beers while staying true to the craft. As Jeff stated, “we want our beer to taste like beer!”

Jarrod was gracious enough to give me a tour of the brewhouse, which is an amazing facility with state-of-the-art brewing equipment and most importantly – room to expand. The 5 hour drive from San Antonio was well worth it. I’m really looking forward to what the future holds for the folks of Tall City Brewing Company in Midland and beyond. From what I can see, it’s gonna be pretty bright!

Tall City’s bright and roomy taproom

About JD

JD Duran is a craft beer drinker who lives in San Antonio. He is passionate about both the San Antonio and wider Texas craft beer communities. You can find him on Instagram: TXBeerDude or at your local craft brewery!

JD Duran