Breweries impacting local economy

BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky (WBKO) – The U.S. beer industry supports more than 18,000 high-paying jobs in Kentucky and contributes more than 2 billion to the state’s economy.

“We have about 80 barrels in the walk-in. In our system, we brew eight kegs of about 240 gallons at a time, ”said Isaiah King, owner of Gasper Brewing.

Taprooms are filling up across Kentucky, but that wasn’t the case last spring when taprooms closed their doors due to COVID-19.

Gasper Brewing at Bowling Green says they have seen an increase in customers since the mask mandate was lifted.

“The business is definitely stable. We actually saw an increase in the number of customers getting vaccinated with the end of the mask mandate. People are really ready to go out and experience life again, to experience socializing, ”said King.

Now that the doors are open, Gasper sees his sales grow with the help of locals.

“Every night has its regular crowd of locals. I can kind of predict who will be here each night of the week, and our local influence and reception is definitely growing too, ”said King.

At the beginning of the pandemic, there were shifts in alcohol sales for people who could distribute to the liquor stores. The production-side cladding compares favorably to the microbreweries, where the turnover comes mainly from the pub.

“This is one of the reasons we passed SB15 to allow the small, independent microbreweries to sell themselves to bars and liquor stores, and that will really help us,” said King King

Gasper implemented new things over the week to get more viewers while giving back to the community.

“Tuesday evening we have the disc golf putting league. We have about 30 people playing in a putting competition. On Wednesday we started our karma cookout, where we prepare the food and ask for a contribution. Everything we cost to prepare the food is used for the homeless, ”said King. “Thursday evenings we have interesting facts and that was a huge success. We have a really good local MC hosting that. We also saw with the food trucks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday that a lot of people come to eat and stay for a beer or vice versa. “

Gasper Brewing says that if it hadn’t been for the community support, things would have been a lot harder for them.

Gasper is open Tuesday to Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday until 11:00 a.m.

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