Indiana craft brew industry struggling due to pandemic

first_img Google+ Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Pinterest Twitter (“Beer” by Quinn Dombrowski, CC BY-SA 2.0) Craft beer was an industry spreading like wildfire in Indiana before the coronavirus pandemic brought everything to a halt in April.It provides nearly 8,000 full-time jobs for Hoosiers and accounts for rough $1 billion in economic impact throughout the whole of Indiana. Now, like any other business, it’s a matter of adapting to fit the times in order to meet the bottom line, says Rob Caputo with the Brewers of Indiana Guild.“You’ve had a lot of layoffs, a lot of furloughs. I think some folks have been doing pretty well, as far as just trying to manage this. And I don’t mean making money hand over fist,” he told Inside Indiana Business.Caputo said tough decisions have had to be made, such as the case of 3 Floyds in Munster. The 24-year-old brewery made the decision to shut down indefinitely over a month ago saying “the safety of our customers and staff is our first priority, and at this time, we do not have immediate plans to reopen 3 Floyds Brewpub for bar or dine-in service.”Nick Floyd, the founder of 3 Floyds, told the Chicago Tribune could open in a year or two.“People have had to make decisions, like 3 Floyds, pulling back on the front of the house in the restaurant,” Caputo added. “Once you start looking at the financial’s, what are the margins? Is this valuable to the business in the short term? And how many people are going to come out anyway? We don’t know.”Caputo gives props to state leaders for relaxing certain restrictions when it comes to selling alcohol to patrons curbside in order to help breweries and brewpubs to continue selling their product.But, the pandemic has had a big impact on the Indiana Brewers Guild itself he said. The organization lobbies for and provides certain services for breweries in Indiana. Since it’s a 501-C(6) trade association the Brewers Guild was not eligible to receive a PPP loan.Caputo said the Brewers Guild generates a lot of its funding by putting on events such as Broad Ripple Beer Fest, Bloomington Craft Beer Festival, and Indiana Microbrewers Fest. With all those events either postponed or canceled, the funding is drying up and thus the Guild has been forced to furlough most of its staff.-0- WhatsApp By Network Indiana – July 11, 2020 0 472 Facebook Facebook Previous articleSouth Bend man sentenced after pleading guilty to robberyNext articleIndiana schools set to get face masks, hand sanitizer Network Indiana WhatsApp Indiana craft brew industry struggling due to pandemic Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

Nadal Undecided about Playing at US Open 2020

first_imgOrdinarily Rafael Nadal would likely be closing in on a 13th Roland Garros title this week. Instead, he is home in Mallorca trying to make sense of a world that feels anything but normal.Tennis is on hold until at least the start of August because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and while there have been positive noises about the prospects of the US Open taking place, followed by the French Open, Nadal served a dose of reality.Speaking via Zoom to tennis media yesterday, the day after is 34th birthday, Nadal was asked his thoughts of playing at the US Open, of which he is reigning champion. Rafael Nadal “If you asked me today if I want to travel today to New York to play a tennis tournament, I will say: no, I will not,” the world No 2 told reporters. “In a couple of months, I don’t know. Hopefully yes.“We need to wait probably until we have more information about how the virus evolves, how the situation’s going to be. New York has been one of the places that has been hit most strongly by the virus.”When tennis returns, it will most likely be without fans.“I hate the idea, honestly. But if that’s the only way, why not? That’s my position. I don’t understand tennis without the energy of the crowd, without the passion a full stadium brings.”While still in the grip of a pandemic, the US is also experiencing outrage and protests over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in police custody.“I am of course worried to see all these disasters happening on the streets,” Nadal said. “Violence and pandemics like this today create a difficult climate, a difficult atmosphere for the world. It’s important to stay calm, to respect everyone, to live together in peace.”While Nadal is missing his Roland Garros stomping ground, he says there are more important things.“I miss playing the tournaments that I like. At the same time I’m not thinking about that. First we must recover normal life, recover the freedom in terms of be able to enjoy our personal lives, then try to organise our professional lives.”Nadal thinks tennis faces a tough challenge to restart, especially with some regions seeing rising Covid-19 death rates.“We can’t come back until the situation is completely safe and players from every single part (of the world) can travel to the tournaments under safe circumstances to compete,” he said.“From my point of view if we would have a vaccine by December I would say that it wouldn’t make any sense to go back to play tennis now, I don’t think its worth it to take the risks.“But if they say we will won’t have it until two years, then we need to find ways to go back to some kind of normality because the world and sport can’t stop for so long.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sunday last day to vote in Kraft Hockeyville 2011

first_imgCommunities that reach the top five, will each get $25,000. Two Northeastern B.C. Communities have made the top ten for Kraft Hockeyville 2011.Fort Nelson and MacKenzie are asking your vote in Kraft Hockeyville 2011.  Sunday March 13, is the last day to vote for any of the communities listed below.  – Advertisement -Antigonish, N.S.Conception Bay South, N.L.Chateauguay, Que.Saint-Raymond, Que.Navan, Ont.Wolfe Island, Ont.Bentley, Alta.Brandon, Man.Fort Nelson, B.C.Mackenzie, B.C.You can cast your vote online at the Kraft Hockeyville website or toll-free over the phone at 1-866-533-8066.You can vote until Sunday March 13 at 8:59 p.m. our time.The winning community will get $100,000 for arena upgrades and an NHL pre-season game and a special Hockey Night in Canada broadcast of the event.Advertisementlast_img read more

‘Pellegrini has only himself to blame for Champions League draw’

first_imgAfter Manchester City’s 2-2 draw with CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, supporters have voiced their frustration with manager Manuel Pellegrini as the Blues remain winless after their opening three games in the competition.City led their Russian opponents 2-0 at half-time but conceded twice in a calamitous second period.In their earlier Group E matches Pellegrini’s men suffered a last-gasp 1-0 defeat against Bayern Munich before drawing 1-1 with Roma at the Etihad stadium leaving their progression to the knockout stages in the balance and City fans took to Twitter to air their views… Manuel Pellegrini has come under criticism from fans 1last_img read more