At the start of 2020, the outlook for local breweries was generally very bright. The Maryland and Virginia brewers’ guilds had significant legislative victories in 2019. The DC Brewers’ Guild had success in pushing back against Initiative 77, achieved progress on reforms to gain regulatory parity for brew pubs, and for DC breweries to have the same opportunities for expansion as out of state brands. And then, as with everything else in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Along with the rest of society, the restrictions necessitated by the pandemic have put incredible stress on local brewery owners. It has forced them to innovate, to pivot more of their business to a to-go model, to find new ways of selling products, and to somehow–in the midst of it all–keep themselves and their employees safe. Despite these challenges, the need to maintain relationships with elected representatives and advocate for government support and regulatory reforms has remained. What follows is an edited transcri
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