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From The DC Brau team:

“First & foremost, we’d like to thank everyone for being so supportive of DC Brau & the craft beer community over the past several weeks. We have tried a number of ways to find a “new normal” in the tasting room while maintaining a safe environment for our guests and staff, but have come to the tough decision to close the tasting room for the time being. We will continue to brew our award-winning beers for distribution to our retail partners as long as we are permitted.

So, instead of making a special trip to the brewery during these uncertain times, we would be grateful if you would support us and other local breweries by visiting the beer aisle the next time you go to the grocery store for essentials or order a couple of six-packs & variety packs from your liquor store to enjoy at home. We are also selling gift certificates on our online shop if you’d like to go a step further to show your support.

We look forward to coming out on the other side of this with more great beer and hard seltzer for your drinking enjoyment. In the meantime, stay safe & drink local.”


Outside Costco by Kam Quarles

“Dear PoPville,

Have you heard or seen anything about which grocery stores in the area may be enforcing social distancing (letting only a certain number of people in, telling people to stay 6′ apart in line)? We were at Target in Columbia Heights last weekend and the folks in the self-serve line were right on top of each other. Even though we live in the city, we are also debating driving out to the burbs to go to a store just because we’re thinking they’ll be bigger and have more room to space people apart and more shelf space to hold more things (we’re not going to hoard, just get a few things). Have you heard anything on this perspective?”


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Ed. Note: Yesterday we noted: Whole Foods Changes Hours, Store is exclusively for those 60 years and older from 7-8am everyday.

From Giant:

Effective Friday, March 20, Giant Food of Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware will offer dedicated shopping hours for senior citizens 60-and-older and individuals with compromised immune systems. Every store in our operating areas will reserve 6:00-7:00 a.m., every day of the week for this vulnerable population to shop and practice social distancing. The stores will operate on regular hours of operation during all other times. We continue to work on restocking our shelves and will be ready to serve to the best of our ability.”

And another reader sends from Target:

“Beginning March 18, all stores will close at 9 p.m. local time to allow even more time for teams to clean and restock store shelves

Also beginning March 18, Target will reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday at stores nationwide for vulnerable guests – including elderly and those with underlying health concerns. We are encouraging other guests to plan their shopping trips around this timeframe.”

From Safeway:

“As the situation around Coronavirus continues to unfold, Safeway Eastern Division stores in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Delaware are joining Albertsons Companies 2,200+ stores nationwide, to provide special hours for some of our most vulnerable neighbors.

Senior citizens and other at-risk populations, such as pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems, have been advised to avoid leaving home as much as possible, and to avoid crowds.

Safeway Eastern Division stores will reserve every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 AM until 9 AM for those vulnerable shoppers who must leave home to obtain their groceries.

We are asking that our customers help us reserve this shopping time for those most at risk in our communities. We thank our customers in advance for their compassion and understanding toward their neighbors and friends, and in helping us maintain this temporary operations guideline.

Store hours are being updated continuously on our websites. For the best information on when your local store is open, please visit www.safeway.com for your local store’s details and website.”


From an email:

“As we sat around the restaurant yesterday trying to figure out the best way to move forward it dawned on us that not only are our local vendors and suppliers suffering, but there could be a match made between customers wanting to stay away from large grocery store environments, and the products they desire/need. In this moment Walters Country Store Account (WaltersCSA) came to life.

Bridging the gap between local suppliers and our customers Walters CSA will offer pre packaged bundles available to purchase online and picked up in store. Please note all Beer/Liquor/Wine must accompany a food purchase.

Our goal is to help keep the supply chain moving as best we can. For our customers who have the means to keep purchasing to our suppliers who have the means to keep producing WaltersCSA can be a safe link in between.

Head over to Waltersdc.com/Walters-csa to sign up for our newsletter. We will send out our first email today by 2pm with our options. Orders will need to be placed by 7pm for pickup the next day between 4-10pm. We’re also happy to look at special requests.

Stay Clean”

Ed. Note: Walters (10 N Street, SE) is “also getting growlers in from DC Brau for filling later today.”


Ed. Note: Trader Joe’s also changed their hours on Monday.

Thanks to Dean Scott for sending: “Extra hour early shopping for seniors is here at Whole Foods P Street NW (Logan Circle). Hours also changing to 8 am to 9 pm.”

Another reader reports from the H Street, NE Whole Foods: “They were even carding at the door. Can’t tell you the number of people who arrived in full face mask regalia only to remove it to yell at the staff enforcing the new hours.”


JP reports from Whole Foods P Street in Logan Circle at 8am: “Every isle is jammed. No one can actually shop. Send a PSA telling people that they should repent for sleeping in instead of going to the grocery store. Kind of the exact opposite of what you want to happen when a highly contagious virus is spreading.”

Britni reports from Trader Joe’s U Street at 8:43am: Read More


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