DETROIT (WXYZ) — An executive order signed by Gov. Whitmer on Monday temporarily closed bars, restaurants and much more amid the coronavirus pandemic, and now, small breweries across metro Detroit are working to continue selling beer despite people not being allowed to stay at a brewery.
The executive order does allow bars and restaurants to continue to sell take-out and delivery, and Eastern Market Brewing Co. said a plan is in the works.
EMBC recently opened The Ferndale Project as well in the former home of Axle Brewing Co., and both locations will be selling beer and merchandise to-go from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day. They also plan to add food at Ferndale in the near future.
"I'd be lying if I didn't acknowledge this will have a long-term, crippling effect. However, if there's one thing I've learned about craft beer the past few years, it's that we are a creative and resilient bunch," EMBC Co-Owner Dayne Bartscht said in a Facebook post. "Through the gloom that was today, it was uplifting watching all the crazy and ingenious ideas our friends concocted."
On top of that, they plan to launch a dbeer delivery service with a team of more than 20 drivers, all their own staff, with an app in the works. Michigan law does allow for beer delivery to homes.