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Small Brewery Sunday: The effort to keep local breweries afloat during pandemic

COVID-19 impacts on Nebraska breweries
Posted at 6:36 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 19:36:04-05

OMAHA, Neb. — The hospitality and entertainment industry has been one of the most affected industries during this pandemic. Now Gov. Ricketts is calling more attention to breweries and their struggles, after celebrating Small Brewery Sunday last week.

Brickway Brewery and Distillery in downtown Omaha has seen the struggle first hand. Their taproom revenue is down 40% compared to last year.

"We have had...really slow sales. We sell our beer to bars and all the bars are slow so we're not selling very many kegs," Brickway head distiller Zac Triemert said.

Like many bars and restaurants, Brickway is offering carry-out and gift boxes to stay afloat.

"We're going to keep doing all the take-out options that we're doing now and continue to expand because this pandemic won't be over anytime soon and eventually when it is, why not keep it up," Triement said.

Gov. Ricketts helped promote Small Brewery Sunday last week along with representatives from the Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild.

"We'd love if you'd make every Sunday Small Brewery Sunday," president of the organization Jim Engelbart said.

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