Home deliveries keeping many businesses afloat during coronavirus crisis

KYW Staff
April 02, 2020 - 6:14 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pickup and delivery services are saving the day at small breweries in the Delaware Valley. However, some are faring better than others.

When dine-in and drink-in was prohibited at restaurants and bars because of the coronavirus, 2SP Brewery in Aston, Delaware County lost 70 percent of its business.

Mike Contreas, director of sales and marketing at 2SP said home delivery was started to help make ends meet.

“Last week was the first week we offered it and we did about 120 deliveries. So it was pretty crazy. It was really great. We kept our distance from people, we just checked their IDs and left the beer on the stoop and they got to enjoy some fresh product from us,” he said. 

Contreas said the deliveries and support from distributors and customers is helping the brewery make payroll for its nine employees.

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“If you can support local business it goes a long way,” he added.

Over in Ambler, Montgomery County, Tannery Run Brew Works, which has been open for a year, makes food as well as independent beer.

Co-owner Carly Chelder said at this point, deliveries in a 5-mile radius of the business and pickup has been keeping the lights on.

“Well for now. We had to lay off most of our staff. So we have a skeleton crew right now and looking forward to the day when we can hire them back,” Chelder said. 

She’s looking into grant and loan options.

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KYW Newsradio's John McDevitt and Paul Kurtz contributed to this report.