Pandemic struggles prove too big for some Connecticut breweries | Madison.com Health, Sports Health & Fitness

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The pandemic ultimately proved too daunting for several Connecticut breweries.

Three have closed or announced closures in the past month, and a fourth has announced it is leaving its current space and assessing options for the future.

It’s a blow to an industry that has flourished in the state in recent years and reflects a national trend. Craft beer sales fell more than 9% in 2020, according to the Brewers Association.

“Keeping their doors open has been a real struggle for so many Connecticut breweries,” Kevin Mardorf, founder of CTBeer.com, told the New Haven Register. “With all the COVID restrictions, limiting people going to their bathrooms has really hurt their business.”

Brewery owners told the Register they faced challenges ranging from an overall decline in dining room operations to the need to comply with the state’s post-lockdown requirement that they serve also food.

“We don’t have the ability to serve,” Justin Terribile, owner of 30 Mile Brewery in Old Saybrook, told the newspaper. “People are more inclined to sit longer in places where there is food. Since we don’t have the option of having food, it has limited the time people spend.”

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