Tag: Brewery

5 Rabbit Cerveceria closing suburban brewery, eyes ‘new business model’ in a new location

5 Rabbit Cervecería is selling its equipment and shuttering its suburban brewery, but plans to launch “a new business model” to keep the brand afloat, brewery founder Andres Araya said.

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5 Rabbit, which launched in 2011 with a trail blazing emphasis on Latin flavors and themes in its beer, is becoming “less focused on distribution” to bars and stores and will therefore leave its Bedford Park production brewery, Araya said. It will sell its equipment via online auction Oct. 29 to Nov. 5.

Araya said he hopes to move 5 Rabbit to a smaller retail-focused operation “a little closer to the city.”

5 Rabbit also still hopes to open a brewpub in the Pilsen neighborhood, Araya said. The brewery launched an online fundraiser to help finance the brewpub, but ended the fundraiser in May after failing to meet its goal.

Though craft beer distribution has become intensely competitive

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Maryland brewery stresses support for small businesses during pandemic

“If you want a world post-COVID where you want more than just Applebee’s and Targets around, you really, really need to support your local businesses.”

FILE — Denizens Brewing founders Jeff Ramirez and Julie Verratti are photographed during the annual Make It Funky Festival on Sept. 30, 2017, at the Denizens in Silver Spring. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

A Maryland business owner said the current economy is “on fire” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and called the moment a “break-the-glass emergency situation.”

“We would lose everything if this fails,” said Julie Verratti about her business, Denizens Brewing Co., which she opened in 2014 with her wife, Emily Bruno, and their brother-in-law and business partner Jeff Ramirez. So, failure “is not an option,” Verratti said.

She spoke Friday at an online “Business Briefing” hosted by Montgomery County Council President Sidney Katz, whose family owned and operated

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Friends open BIT Brewery in Central City

Scott Whitson and his friends Jason Levenhagen and Jeff Hempstead have been brewing beer together for about a decade and talking about opening their own brewery for about six years. But they never planned to open their business, BIT Brewery, during a pandemic. Still, since they opened in July they’ve been making the best of things as the first brewery and one of a handful of restaurants in Central City.

“It is what it is. COVID allowed us to have a little bit more time to open, but it is the time of COVID, so that hasn’t been awesome for business,” Whitson said. “But it has been OK. We have people coming from Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities. And people in Central City have been very supportive.”

He said the brewery serves enough food to be exempt from Gov. Kim Reynold’s proclamation shutting bars due to the coronavirus, and they

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