Beer in the Time of Corona
Many craft breweries distilled the beer sitting idle in their kegs into hand sanitizer during lockdown. Others?
They released beers with cheeky names inspired by COVID-19: No Mask? Fugetaboutit!, a witbier from Bridge and Tunnel Brewery in New York, and Don’t Stand So Close to Me, a Vienna lager crafted by Wild Heaven Beer company in Georgia, to name just two. I Miss Loud Taprooms, a double IPA from Outer Range Brewing in Frisco, Colorado, could be the traveling beer lover’s lament. Sitting at the bar at a brewery buzzing with locals to taste a beer you can’t get back home is one of the perks of being on the road. Until you’re traveling again, fill your fridge with unique craft beers you can order from these online beer sites. The only sour note is that your state’s alcohol delivery laws may limit your purchase of certain beers.
Best Damn Beer Shop based in San Diego has a great selection of West Coast beers that it ships to about 30 states. The minimum order is $40, and the company ships only in exact amounts of six or 12 mix and match per box.
CraftShack works directly with small bottle shops that offer unique small-batch beers. Started by beer enthusiasts in 2012, in 2018 it branched out into spirits, so you can find some interesting bottles for your bar, too. The more you order, the more you save.
Tavour features hard-to-find, 100% independent craft beer from across the United States. Download its app to handpick beers to fill your own custom box, or enroll in a subscription and Tavour will automatically ship you the highest-rated beers based on your taste. Custom boxes ship for a flat fee, and subscription orders ship for free.
The Beer Connect works directly with craft breweries selected by the company’s beer nerds so your beer is shipped fresh from the source. There are more than 1,900 beers offered through the digital brewery storefronts. Start by inputting your state to see what beers are available for shipping.