May 29, 2020
Summer should be a time for craft beer lovers to soak up the sun and drink summer specials at their favorite bars and breweries. The coronavirus pandemic and associated closure orders have put a damper on this, forcing beer makers throughout the Baltimore region to avoid economic hardship by staying connected with fans in novel ways.
The situation on the ground is changing quickly. According to guidance issued Friday by Gov. Larry Hogan, the state’s breweries are allowed to reopen for outdoor service beginning at 5 p.m. How much that service will affect operations or recoup losses stemming from mandatory taproom closures remains uncertain.
Not every brewery will immediately take advantage of the easing of restrictions. Union Craft Brewing in Hampden, one of the city’s biggest brewing companies, announced that it would not do outdoor seating for the time being. Meanwhile, Diamondback Brewing Company in Locust Point will seat limited numbers of patrons at its patio on Friday night. Checkerspot Brewing Company in the Spring Garden Industrial Area will do the same for its outdoor seats on Saturday.
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