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Kalamazoo breweries offering curbside beer pickup amid COVID-19 pandemic

(WWMT/Sarah White)
A Bell's General Store customer loads a case of beer into the back of his vehicle on Monday, March 30, 2020. (WWMT/Sarah White)

While many taprooms are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, pandemic, some local breweries are offering curbside beer pick up.

Kalamazoo breweries such as One Well Brewing and Bell's Brewery have started a beer-to-go service through online ordering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Customers can order their favorite beer online, drive to the brewery, and have the beer delivered to them as they sit in their vehicle.

David Curtis, the operations manager for Bell's General Store, said their online store has been doing very well amid the pandemic and that the store has been seeing more than just beer purchases.

"We have been selling a lot of puzzles and home brewing kits. Right now is actually a great time to learn how to home brew since everyone is at home," he said.

Brian Hill, the general manager at One Well Brewing, said the brewery is looking forward to opening it's doors to the public again.

"We're a very busy restaurant and to have 1,300 mug club members miss their daily interactions with employees, it's hard," he said.

Both breweries have been taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as changing gloves, disinfecting surfaces consistently, using social distancing practices, and not refilling already used growlers.

Other West Michigan breweries offering beer-to-go services are New Holland Brewing, Founders Brewing Company, Three Blondes Brewing, Brewery Vivant, City Built Brewing Company, and many more.