This is not the post I wanted to make today, especially with the overwhelming bad news that is constantly flooding us all the time right now. In the midst of doing the post and work on the beer education series / class I am doing, this news came out. So I figured I’d post this; go back to finish the school / beer education post, then you can make get a good, happy post, rather than the sad one that this is.
Hopefully this won’t be a harbinger of other breweries closing as well. And this isn’t primarily because of the coronavirus / COVID-19 either; as earlier in the year Full Pint Brewing closed their second location – The Wild Side Pub.
Earlier today, Full Pint Brewing posted on their Instagram:
You can see and view their Instagram page here: Full Pint Brewing on Instagram.
Their Instagram page announces that they will be ceasing operations and closing their business on April 3rd. No word has been said about their facility, their equipment, or their beer (either already sold to distributors or in-house).
Untappd has them listed as a micro-brewery out of North Versailles Pennsylvania. It lists them with 310 unique beers and a global rating of 3.58 (as of 3.27.20).
The caption for their Instagram post reads:
It has been an emotional day looking back through old photos… I would be lying if I was to say that I am not tearing up as I type this caption. I am the guy on the White Lightning label, I have done everything in my power to keep Full Pint alive these past few years but even the “God” of White Lightning or Unit Lorde(Inside Joke sorry) has his limitations. Thank you to all of you for supporting us these past 9 years, we were 1 month shy of 10 years in business. We are going to start discounting our growlers and kegs starting today so please come and help deplete our supplies and show our amazing staff some love. Sincerely, Barrett GoddardFull Pint Brewing (Instagram) (Barrett Goddard)
It is never pleasant to report the closing of breweries, but sadly, it does happen from time to time. And unfortunately, with the pandemic going on, and with many (ahead of the pandemic) already claiming the ‘craft beer bubble is about to burst’ this might become more of a trend. Fingers, toes, and other appendages crossed – that hopefully this does not. But the future months do look to be tense and uncertain.
If you’ve been to Full Pint, or just enjoyed their beers, let us know in the comments. I know sadly, I never got to try the Festivus beer they made, and as a huge Seinfeld fan that is certainly upsetting.
Hopefully this message finds you all healthy, and well, inside your homes. Stay safe everyone, keep your distance, enjoy your beers at home, and support the craft breweries however / whenever you can. We’re all in this together. Cheers everyone!
(Additional source: Breweries in PA)