“U.S. sales of alcoholic beverages were up 55 percent in the week ending March 21, according to Nielsen. Spirits sales were up 75 percent in the same period, wine sales were up 66 percent, beer sales up 42 percent,” reports Cyril Penn on WineBusiness.com. “What’s more, Nielsen said online sales of beer wine and spirits were up 243 percent versus the same week the year before.”
In Virginia, libraries, schools/universities, courts, and the DMV are all closed indefinitely. However, the states’ Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) stores are considered essential along with grocery stores, pharmacies, laundries and dry cleaners, gas stations, etc. I guess the state has to make money somehow.
Virginia, a former blue law state, has loosened the requirements on who can offer take-out liquor–breweries can now offer deliveries, many wineries are offering free shipping, and restaurants can sell their bottles of wine to go at discounted prices.
One the other hand, many distilleries have switched from making spirits to hand sanitizers.
Is your wine cellar or beer stash still intact? What is your favorite tipple during the pandemic