Charlotte beer trend: It’s the ‘Summer of Lager’ — here’s what COVID has to do with it

COVID-19 dealt a major blow to Charlotte’s brewers, which couldn’t get beer out to their retail accounts and could only sell to-go out of their taprooms during the shelter-in-place order.

As difficult as it has been for brewers, there have been silver linings for consumers. Online ordering and curbside pickup have made it easier than ever to pick up beers; core beers that were never available in cans now are; and some breweries even sold kegs to consumers at steep discounts.

And now, COVID-19 seems to have ushered in the summer of lager.

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