Fear on tap as COVID-19 chokes off small brewery sales

From CBC News, by James Dunne

Industry insiders worry up to a third of Canada’s craft brewers won’t survive the coronavirus pandemic

Canadians have been lining up outside liquor stores and stocking up on alcohol to make staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic more palatable, but craft beer insiders say COVID-19 has still cut the froth out of their industry.

A recent online survey from the Canadian Craft Brewers Association found that among the 317 breweries and brew pubs that responded, almost half saw their March revenues drop by more than 50 per cent from the previous year. More than half are expecting the same or worse for April.

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