Breakaway Brewing Company plans to safely re-open
It is encouraging that control measures implemented in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic are being carefully and thoughtfully lifted by health officials in British Columbia.
We are thankful that our community has been listening to Dr. Bonnie Henry while still providing support to our local businesses, including us, by ordering from our takeout menu and coming in to fill their growlers with our craft beer.
With a plan in place, that includes enhanced cleaning protocols, seating that respects the physical distancing guidelines and a maximum of six people per seating party, we will open our sit-down service on Wednesday, May 27. Breakaway Brewing Company will continue to assess the situation daily, with the health of our community and fellow craft beer consumers in mind.
After being open for less than one year, we were energized by the support of Summerland and area craft beer lovers. We decided to move forward with expansion (construction in the back of the building is currently underway) that will increase our taproom to seat up to 50 people and allow you to enjoy our beautiful Okanagan weather. When the expansion is complete, the number of patrons allowed on premise will be determined by provincial guidelines.
As our situation is unique, in that our small-batch craft beer can only be purchased in our Summerland brewery, we strive to create a comfortable place for our community to call their own. A place where you can meet up with friends, enjoy lunch or dinner made from fresh ingredients (locally sourced when we can) and catch up over a variety of our handcrafted brews on our rotating taps - whether you are a seasoned craft beer consumer or not. We also want a place where, once control measures allow, visitors to our city can walk in our taproom, tip back a cold one, immerse themselves in our Okanagan lifestyle and get a taste of what it is like to be a Summerland local.
While our slogan, since we opened in July 2019, is "Breakaway from ordinary," - we know that nothing has been ordinary over these past few months. The one thing that has remained consistent for us, is you.
Watching your engagement through our social media channels has been the next best thing to seeing your smiling faces enjoying yourself in our brewery. Your support and patience during these challenging times has meant the world to us. It is what keeps our doors open and for that we can’t thank you enough.
Yes, it will take time for all small businesses in our community to fully recover but we do believe Summerland will rise together. Our passion to continue to provide you the best microbrewery experience with locally made, high-quality craft beer is unwavering.
We will re-open our sit down service on May 27 with our new hours in place (noon to 7 p.m.). We welcome you to join us when you are ready. Please be aware our operation will look a little different as we take extra measures needed in order to best protect our community.
In the words of Dr. Henry - Be calm. Be kind. Be safe.
The team at Breakaway Brewing Company