Below is an important message published on March 23, 2020, from the Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild. Thank you Executive Director Sharon Michie!
This helps clarify whether you can march on with beer delivery, or whether you need consent from your local beer board. This applies to all who serve beer in the state of Tennessee.
|Help is on the way.
Many of you wonder how Sunday’s Executive Order from the Governor affects your business.
Our lobbyists communicated directly with the Governor’s office, and it is our understanding Section 5 (alcohol delivery and food) is specific to restaurants in an effort to help them offload alcohol inventory.
The Governor’s Order only applies to holders of ABC restaurant licenses and overrides local beer laws to these companies.
If you have an ABC restaurant license, you are allowed to deliver all alcohol as long as some food is ordered, regardless of whether your city has authorized delivery and curb side.
If you do not have an ABC license, local city beer rules still apply. The Governor’s order does not override your local beer board. For permission to deliver beer, you still need to work with your local beer board.
This order does not take away your brewery’s ability to produce, package, and sell beer.
Read the Governor’s Executive Order here.
Here’s an email template you can use when contacting your beer board about delivery:
Dear ____ Beer Board,
On behalf of the TN Craft Brewers Guild and your local _______ breweries we ask that you review and consider the same temporary approvals that Davidson County granted on Friday, March 20. This measure passed with 100% approval from the board. I strongly encourage _____ to follow suit and hep support their local struggling businesses. Memphis and Nolensville have also adopted similar measures.
Consumer delivery and curbside pickup have been approved with proper permits and ID verification. The intent is to allow us an added ability to take care of our customers and bring in a little revenue to offset our severe and drastic losses.
Please reach out to myself or Sharon Michie (Executive Director of TN Craft Brewers Guild) with any questions and we look forward to a future conversation.
The Davidson County declaration is here. If your local beer board is slow to respond, try calling them directly. You may also need to reach out to your Council member.
Keep sending your questions, I’m here for you!
Your Beerded Lady,
Last modified: March 24, 2020