At its September meeting, the St. Croix Economic Development Corporation (EDC) board of directors unanimously proclaimed Thursday, September 24, 2020 as Craft Brewery Day in St. Croix County, Wisconsin.
The EDC will recognize six micro-breweries in the county with proclamations signed by the board president and executive director. The breweries are Rush River Brewery (City of River Falls), Pitchfork Brewery (Town of Hudson), Oliphant Brewery (Village of Somerset), Bobtown Brewhouse & Grill (Village of Roberts), and Hop & Barrel (City of Hudson). The proclamations will be ground shipped to the breweries. A special, in-person delivery of the proclamation is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. at Oliphant Brewing in Somerset.
The proclamation points out craft breweries provide significant opportunities for community and economic development. In many cases, breweries renovate and occupy underutilized or vacant commercial space, sometimes providing additional sparks for other businesses to invest in nearby properties. Breweries are tourist destinations and become a community gathering spot or a place to enjoy local music and food.
Statewide, craft breweries make a big impact. They contribute around $9 billion to Wisconsin’s economy each year, along with 62,000+ jobs and $2.5 billion in wages and benefits.
Like many businesses, breweries have felt the impact of the economic downturn. Owners used creativity and offered curb pick-up service for cans and growlers to go. Brewers and owners continue to help one another by answering questions and offering assistance.
The EDC asks residents to consider a pick-up order or in-person stop at taprooms on September 24th, recognizing the importance of social distancing and commonsense health practices.
Whether enjoying a lager, pilsner, pale ale, IPA or stout, please do so responsibly.
In the event of questions or comments, please call St. Croix EDC at 715.381.4383.