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How to Get Your Hands on Local Beer Despite Taproom Closures

There's no reason to subsist on substandard beer while you ride this thing out.

By Cooper Levey-Baker April 24, 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced area breweries to shutter their taprooms, but that doesn't mean you have to subsist on substandard beer while you ride this thing out. Here's a rundown on how to purchase craft beer direct from your favorite local breweries. Some of the beers are also available at grocery stores, as well.

3 Bridges Brewing/Off the Wagon Brewery & Kitchen

2105-2017 Tamiami Trail S., Venice, (941) 497-2048,

This Venice brewpub is offering a limited to-go menu of food items, plus growlers. Call ahead to place your order or order at the restaurant's to-go window. Hours: noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

3 Car Garage Brewing Co.

8405 Heritage Green Way, Bradenton, (941) 741-8877,

Order 32-ounce crowlers or 64-ounce growlers online from the area's newest brewery. Check its social media accounts for the latest pours. Hours: 3:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 12:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, 12:30-7 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

3 Keys Brewing

2505 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, (941) 218-0396,

3 Keys is selling both food and beer online. The beer comes in single cans, packs of cans or 32-ounce pours, depending on the variety. Hours: noon-8 p.m. daily.

Big Top Brewing Company

6111 Porter Way, Sarasota, (941) 371-2939,

You can order cans, crowlers and growlers online, and Big Top is also offering sales of limited-edition beers over the phone. Check its social media accounts for daily specials. Hours: noon-8 p.m. daily.

Brew Life Brewing

5767 Beneva Road, Sarasota, (941) 952-3831,

Order four-packs of beer online for pickup or choose the delivery option. Hours: 4-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

Calusa Brewing

5701 Derek Ave., Sarasota, (941)-922-8150,

You can order and pay for Calusa cans, bottles and growlers online and pick them up an hour later. Hours: noon-6 p.m. daily.

Darwin Brewing Co.

803 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, (941) 747-1970,
Stop by Darwin Brewing to purchase cans, crowlers, growlers or even kegs of beer. Check out their social media accounts for their newest offerings. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Good Liquid Brewing Co.

4824 14th St. W., Bradenton, (941) 896-6381,

You can stop by Good Liquid or call ahead to place a pickup order. Options include cans, crowlers and growlers. Hours: 2-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

JDub's Brewing Company

1215 Mango Ave., Sarasota, (941) 955-2739,

JDub's is offering 32-ounce crowlers, which you can order and pay for over the phone. When you roll up, call again, and the brewery's staff will place your beer in your car for you. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Motorworks Brewing

1014 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, (941) 567-6218,

Motorworks started making hand sanitizer after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but you can also order cans and bottles of beer to go on the brewery's website. You can even grab cases of 24 cans. Hours: noon-5:30 p.m. daily.

Naughty Monk Brewery

2507 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, (941) 708-2966,

Lakewood Ranch's Naughty Monk is offering online orders of six packs, 32-ounce grumblers and 64-ounce growlers. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

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