COVID-19 Updates: Retail Locations & Brewery
Hello Drake’s Family & Friends,
We’re reaching out again with a few more updates about our staff and current operations. First and foremost, we hope all of you, and your family and friends, are healthy. Also, thank you for the well-wishes and pledges of support. It’s been incredibly heartwarming. Please follow the latest guidelines from local and state officials, in order to stay safe and limit the transmission of COVID-19.
The past several days have been very difficult for all of us and we’re doing our best to adapt to the changing environment. Balancing the needs of our staff, business, and the health of our community, has been challenging to say the least. It’s forced us to make some tough decisions.
OUR RETAIL LOCATIONS
Drake’s Dealership and BARN are now temporarily closed, and will not be offering beer or food to-go. Both locations will reopen at a later date, and we look forward to slinging beer and pizza for you all again.
If you live in the Bay Area and venture out for food and beverages, we do have one bright spot to communicate. We’re still here for you! Drake’s Barrel House is currently open with limited hours to provide beer and food to-go. We are happy to welcome you between 12pm-7pm Monday thru Sunday. We’ve also made service changes:
- The kitchen closes at 6pm.
- Guests won’t be able to linger around the bar to order pints or tasters.
- Only new growlers and crowlers will be filled.
- Brew Rhino kegs are available.
- Our cooler is stocked with packaged beer, but please ask a bartender to grab it for you.
- All events and musical performances prior to May 1st have been cancelled or postponed.
These closures and service modifications will stay in place until April 7, but may be extended if new guidelines are communicated by state and local officials. We will continue to monitor the situation very closely and will publish updates on social media, our website, and via email whenever possible.
The brewing team is still working hard with a limited number of staff. They’re processing beer in the cellar and packaging it for distribution. Our distributor partners are still delivering to grocery stores and small independent markets that can stay open during the shelter in place period. Denogginizer, Best Coast IPA, 1500 Pale Ale, and Flyway Pilsner are your best bets at those locations, but of course aren’t guaranteed. We’re doing what we can to keep beer flowing!
During this trying time, the most difficult and painful issue is matching our staffing needs to operations, and the resulting business we can generate under current conditions. Our team members are essential. They’re friends, family, and wonderful colleagues. Not having everyone by our side to make beer and serve you is incredibly disappointing.
Our team is intact, but many have been furloughed during the shelter in place period. We are sharing the groceries from our kitchen with staff and their families and affected employees have been offered guidance on how to apply for unemployment insurance benefits to help get them through this. We are hopeful that federal relief programs may become available in the coming weeks and that the day we can welcome them back to work comes soon.
The Entire Drake’s Team