After closing temporarily to customers amid the coronavirus pandemic, Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Halethorpe is now offering contactless curbside beer pickup to benefit the Maryland Food Bank.
As of Thursday, customers can preorder their beer online and pick it up curbside without having to leave their cars.
Ryan Wagner, ambassador at Guinness, said the brewery has had to learn to adapt to continue reaching
“Everything has changed,” he said. “We are learning a new language as we go and are trying to find creative ways to engage with our friends and customers.”
After closing its doors and canceling its St. Patrick’s Day celebration last month, the brewery informed its customers of its plans to further serve the community. On March 26, it announced it would be donating $1 million to its Guinness Gives Back Fund to support nonprofit organizations in its communities, according to its Facebook page.
To ensure their safety, customers must show a valid photo ID and their confirmation email through a closed car window to a staff member. Once they are approved, they must remain in their vehicle and open their trunk, while a staff member places their beer inside. If they must exit their vehicle, they have to maintain a distance of 6 feet, according to the brewery’s website.
Wagner said he hopes the selections offered at the curbside pickup will help give customers a sense of normalcy.