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All wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries will be able to operate with temporary manufacturing permits, allow those businesses waiting on final approval from the state to open up immediately for manufacturing, operation and serving customers.
“The biggest shock for me was how many people around here are in bands,” says the co-founder of Newtown's Reverie Brewing Co. “There’s 40,000 people in Newtown and 10,000 bands – how does that work?”
"I like Stamford's proximity to New York City, Greenwich and Westport, where a chunk of our fans are from," says CEO Jay Harman.
“Whether it’s from part of the $1.4 billion sent by Congress through the CARES Act, or from the rainy day fund, those funds need to be opened up now to keep our industry afloat,” said CT Brewers Guild Executive Director Phil Pappas.
“With 2020’s unpredictability, our team felt that we could best help our community by creating exciting and safe ways to come together and activate the local scene,” said Half Full Founder and “Chief Hoptimist” Conor Horrigan.
Even with no large commercial breweries, employment grew from fewer than 15 in the first quarter of 2010 to 780 in December 2018.
The figure easily surpasses the $745.7 million the sector contributed in 2017, according to the Beer Institute, which represents two-thirds of breweries in Connecticut.
Outside of Connecticut Magazine's eatery rankings, three Fairfield County businesses were among those honored in the Health & Beauty category.
"Somebody’s going to have to make that added expense up, and it will probably be the consumer," says the brewmaster at Stamford's Half Full Brewery.