Local breweries and wineries offering free delivery

Published 8:43 am Saturday, April 18, 2020

Local wineries and breweries have had to close their doors to the public due to COVID-19, but many have found ways to still distribute their products straight to consumers.

Uli Bennewitz, owner of Weeping Radish Farm Brewery, said his charcuterie is still able to produce and provide food for the local community, but their retail is another story.

The restaurant/brewery had to close as per the governor’s orders, and Bennewitz said, “retail-wise, it makes no sense to open the store.” Therefore, Weeping Radish established an ordering system for pickup and delivery of their beer and meats.

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Bennewitz said customers can call or order online, and once the items are ready, a staff member will meet the customer outside or deliver the items free of charge.

Paul Charron, owner of Lost Colony Brewery and Café, said they are offering similar services. “We are delivering to your home,” Charron said. He mentioned that customers can call and place their order with a credit card and have it delivered for free.

Once Charron or a staff member arrives at the residence, they will place the order outside, but must make sure the customer is of age before leaving the promises.

He has hopes of keeping delivery going even after the pandemic passes.

“When the world gets back to normal, I think the visitors would love something like this,” Charron said.

Similar to the curbside services, the Outer Banks Brewing Station has been refilling growlers for their customers while the restaurant is closed. Guests are encouraged to stop by on Thursdays for a growler refill and the purchase of bread and sweet treats.

For wine connoisseurs, Sanctuary Vineyards also offers delivery services. “I’m offering free delivery around the area,” said general manager John Wright.

Sanctuary Vineyards is delivering to Dare and Currituck counties with a purchase minimum of three bottles of wine with no delivery fee. “We stagger the deliveries so that certain days we will go to Dare County, then other days to Northern Currituck,” Wright said.

Again, the orders must be received on-site by an adult 21 years of age or older who is present at the time of delivery.

“All in all, we have to hang in there,” Bennewitz said, “but this just emphasizes the need for local food and drink.”

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