The Colorado Brewers Guild is monitoring Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) developments and will be updating this page and sharing additional relevant resources and news with its brewery membership to help them in their production breweries, brewpubs, and beyond.
If you’re an owner or employee of a CBG member brewery and don’t currently receive email updates, please contact us.
Online ordering directories: We have set up this directory at coloradobeer.org to encourage consumers to purchase gift cards, merchandise, and to-go beer from CBG member breweries. The link to submit this info has been emailed to members and is available in the CBG Members Facebook group; contact us if you aren’t sure you received it. Untappd has also set up #gregslist as a resource; the Brewers Association has created this page at craftbeer.com, and if you’re in Denver, you can submit your info to ToGoDenver.com.
Canning: CODI manufacturing is offering free mobile canning services to small beverage companies that have tanks full of product and no ability to package in cans or bottles. The intention is for small businesses to survive without tap room draft sales. Here’s more information. Contact sales (at) codimfg.com to schedule.
To-Go Beer: GoTab has an easy way to manage To-Go orders. Email to create an account. They’ll help you set up your account, build your menu, and create the link for your website. GoTab will be waiving all setup and service fees for the foreseeable future. Start receiving To-Go orders within 24 hours.
Delivery: Governor Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 011, which permits additional liquor licensees to deliver alcohol beyond those traditionally permitted to deliver alcohol until April 18, 2020. The Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division (LED) followed this order with this guidance clarifying the order.
To summarize the order for our members:
Breweries with a wholesale sales room may deliver alcohol manufactured on-site in sealed containers. Brew Pubs may deliver any alcohol from their inventory provided it is in a sealed containers provided the sale is accompanied by the sale of food (alcohol and food must be on the same receipt).
A sealed container is defined as any container or receptacle used for holding an alcohol beverage, which container or receptacle is corked or sealed with any stub, stopper, or cap. It is our recommendation that licensees strictly abide by this requirement. If you have retailer clients that would like to utilize kegs they previously purchased, you may offer to crowler or package that product for them to deliver to consumers.
To comply with the delivery requirements, all licensees must take the order via telephone, online, in person, or third party vendor. You must obtain the name, address, and DOB of the person placing the order at the time of order, and verify this information on delivery. Records of the sale must be retained by the licensee. All deliveries must be made by employees of the licensee. This means that no third party vendors may be used for delivery of alcohol. There is no requirement that the licensee own or lease the vehicle being used for the delivery.
Some additional matters to consider:
Appropriate sales tax must be paid for the jurisdiction of the location of delivery.
Check with your insurance carrier to ensure they will cover the deliveries.
Mileage or other reimbursement for employees if using their own vehicle.
Employers: Employees who are “job attached” can be eligible for unemployment without seeking other employment. Employers will have to pay accrued vacation and PTO to those employees.
Alternatives to laying off your employees. The Division of Unemployment Insurance offers a Work-Share Program as an alternative to laying off your employees. Visit the website to see if your business qualifies.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: The President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. It will go into effect April 1st. The bill requires employers with up to 500 employees to provide paid sick leave and paid family leave to their employees, however there are some exemptions.
Fisher Phillips have provided a useful summary of the bill.
First step is for the employee to file a claim at https://www.colorado.gov/cdle/unemployment. It may be best to apply by phone at 303-318-9000 or 1-800-388-5515, due to the attachment issue. If approved, they will need to continue to do this every two weeks and report a return to work immediately.
There is a one week waiting period to receive benefits.
Liquor Store Jobs: We have been working directly with a handful of our liquor store partners who are looking for temporary employees. If you or your employees are looking for temporary work during this time, Applejack and Davidsons Liquors (contact the store directly) are looking to hire immediately.
Federal Tax Deadline Extended to July 15th. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the federal tax filing deadline would be moved from April 15th to July 15th. This extension is automatic and does not require any action. We are still awaiting information on Colorado taxes and excise taxes.
Insurance: If you have questions regarding how the current situation may impact your insurance or if your insurance covers any of your losses, please contact your carrier. Each business and policy is unique, so there is not a uniform answer.
The Brewers Co-Op is receiving many questions and are working to get them answered as quickly as possible. If you have insurance through the Co-Op, please reach out to them about your policy. If you do not, they can still be a resource and can be reached at .
Leases: It is important to read your lease and understand your contract. Most leases will address your relationship with your landlord during this unique time. We suggest reviewing your contract and contacting your lawyer.
Product Returns: The Liquor Enforcement Division (LED) has issued the following bulletin in regards to product returns due to event cancellations. If you have any questions please reach out to us.
Loans: Just like any other type of lending, please make sure you know what the terms are of these loans. We are asking our partners for some direction on the terms and requirements for these loans and we will share it with you when we have more details.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. All 64 counties in Colorado can now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. The SBA Disaster assistance provides low-interest federal loans for working capital to Colorado small businesses that have realized economic injury from COVID-19. Funding was appropriated through the US Congressional Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.
Denver Small Business Support. Denver is making $4 million available for Denver small businesses who are severely impacted by the coronavirus. The program is designed to assist businesses that have closed temporarily, laid off staff, or are having trouble paying rent and utilities. You can find more information, including the application on the City’s website.
Share your information:
Economic Injury Form: Breweries are encouraged to complete the Economic Injury Form and send it to your local Economic Development Office so that they can attempt to accumulate information on the economic impacts of COVID-19 and apply for federal relief funding in the state.
Brewers Association: The BA wants to support our community through advocacy and education. Participating in this short survey will allow them to rapidly communicate with policymakers on which responses will be most helpful to our small brewery members. They will also be able to share data with individual states to help our efforts.