Let’s face it, the last few months have been hard on small businesses, especially businesses that rely on consumers out and enjoying food and drinks in restaurants. The beer industry has been hit hard, and unfortunately we’ve seen a number of craft beer closures even before the coronavirus pandemic. The latest brewery to succumb to the 2020 curse is Kelowna’s Boundary Brewing who announced via Instagram late Thursday night they are closing for good.
Boundary Brewing was only three years in the running, and had a history of producing notoriously difficult German style beers and was the only brewery in Canada with an oak barrel brew kettle.
In an interview with What’s Brewing Head Brewer and President, Oliver Gläser, placed the closure squarely on the COVID-19 pandemic: “It was COVID-19 that killed the business, with so many bars and restaurants closed we just couldn’t keep the cash flowing.”
Fortunately, it’s not all bad news as former Rustic Reel employee Simon Welton has announced he’s taking over the space to open Welton Brewery.
With the ongoing COVID-19 situation, and the trend of closures already happening earlier in the year, expect to see more micro and nano breweries shutting their doors this year.