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

Read More