COVID 19 – Emergency Resources

We are providing regular update emails to our brewery members. If you would like to receive these updates contact


April 7, 2020 – Today, Governor Inslee announced details of a new grant program targeted to small businesses with 10 or less employees who have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. These funds have been allocated through the Governor’s Strategic Fund and will be administered through the Department of Commerce. The program will provide a limited number of grants of up to $10,000 for businesses with 10 or fewer employees. More information on the application process and eligibility can be found here.

4/3/2020Stay at Home Order Extended Through May 4th Yesterday, Governor Inslee announced the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order will be extended through May 4, 2020. Breweries, deemed essential services under the order, may continue the following operations as approved under the original order:

  • Breweries may produce and distribute beer
  • Breweries may make beer to-go sales, including growlers, curbside sales and deliveries. For curbside sales and deliveries, please complete and submit a “Temporary Activities Form” to the WSLCB. The form can be found here, under curbside and delivery service.
  • No consumption can take place on a brewery premise, inside or outside
  • Breweries must implement rules and procedures to help facilitate social distancing of 6 feet

Best Practices for Implementing Social Distancing here.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – How you can help

4/1/2020 – Announcement from the TTB Re: Postponement of Due Dates for Taxes and Other Filings: “The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recognizes that businesses that we regulate are being severely impacted by COVID-19. To assist these businesses during this period, we are postponing several filing and payment due dates for 90 days where the original due date falls on or after March 1, 2020, through July 1, 2020. See TTB Industry Circular 2020-2 for additional details.”


Impact Surveys:

Washington Breweries COVID-19 Impact Survey

Brewers Association COVID-19 Impact Survey


WBG Allied Members COVID-19 Programs, Services and Initiatives for WA Brewers



WSLCB Relaxes Some Curbside and Delivery Rules/Waives Penalties for Late Excise Tax Payments

Beer Excise Tax Penalties Deferred Until April 22nd – proclamation here , Deferment details

LCB Guidance on Returns here, Find Q&A for beer returns here.


Small Business Local Resources

The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development has been allocated $1.5 million to help qualifying small businesses located in Seattle with 5 employees or less

Amazon has created a $5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund to help small companies located within a few blocks of its Seattle headquarters

Additional Small Business Assistance:

WA State Small Business Grants Available Now for Businesses with 10 or Fewer Employees

SBA official PPP loan application here:

SBA Assistance for Breweries During the COVID-19 Crisis: What’s Available, webinar hosted by the Brewers Association

TTB Announces Postponement of Due Dates for Excise Taxes and Other Filings

StartUp Washington Crisis Planning Tools and Resources

SBDC Washington Protect Your Business

Association of Washington Businesses COVID-19 Employer Resources  

Small businesses in many Washington counties are now eligible to apply for low‑interest U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Department of Revenue info on how to defer certain tax payments

WA State Dept of Revenue will have authority to waive, suspend penalties and interest on certain late tax payments

Dept of Employment Security emergency rules and a Q&A sheet for employers and employees impacted by the coronavirus

Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave and Shared Work Program

City of Seattle Measures for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

Department of Commerce COVID-19 Info & Updates

SBA Loans for Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus


Unemployment Security Department Resources:

One-Week Waiting Period Waiver for Unemployment Insurance & Unemployment Insurance Eligibility Expansion – Retroactive to March 8th

WA State COVID-19 Resources for Employers and Workers

COVID-19 Resource List for WA Businesses and Workers

Unemployment Benefits

Employment Security Department Emergency Employment Resources

Employment Security Department login

ESD Shared Work Program

ESD Shared Work Program Eligibility


Financial Resources for WA Residents:

Utility Rate Payer Assistance

Dept of Social and Health Service to expand eligibility for the Family Emergency Assistance Program to include families without children

Employment Security Dept & Dept of Commerce resources and tools as they become available here

Financial Resources for WA Residents Impacted by COVID-19


Department of Health:

Mental Health Support: Washington Recovery Help Line at 1-866-789-1511.

King County Public Health Guidance for Retail Establishments

WA Department of Health Food Workers Guidance


Brewers Association Resources:

Brewers Association has created a Brewery Shutdown Safety Guidance here.

SBA Assistance for Breweries During the COVID-19 Crisis: What’s Available, webinar hosted by the Brewers Association. (BA) has a breakdown of SBA loan types for small businesses here.

March 27, 2020 – The Brewers Association write up on $2 trillion stimulus package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and what it might mean for your brewery here.

BA offering all nonmember breweries a temporary membership free of charge, also not expiring any current brewery members at this time. Contact to join and gain access to COVID 19 related updates and online resources.

Brewers Association Coronavirus Resource Center

Draught Quality Recommendations During Extended Bar/Restaurant Shutdown

Brewers Association (COVID-19) Impact Poll Survey for on-going advocacy at the federal level.

Craft Brewers Conference Canceled details here.


Guild Letters:

Letter submitted on behalf of the guild to our full WA Delegation, March 19, 2020

2020 Ag Community letter to Governor Inslee COVID19

BA industry letter to congressional leaders requesting tax credit for out of code beer, March 19, 2020