Breweries Used to Be Just Places to Drink a Beer. Now They’re Community Spaces.

Breweries Used to Be Just Places to Drink a Beer. Now They’re Community Spaces.
Breweries Used to Be Just Places to Drink a Beer. Now They’re Community Spaces.
An overview of Jester King's Pole Barn, November 2020.One year ago, we suddenly could not eat safely inside restaurants, drink at bars, go to movies, or catch concerts. As Texans’ social lives narrowed to awkward Zoom calls, we lost not just experiences but the communal spaces where they happened. Sports arenas closed. Many state parks became reservation-only. Even playgrounds were covered in caution tape. Across Texas, one particular kind of public place took on all those roles, as bar, dog park, walking trail, lunch spot, movie house, and liberator from lockdown tedium. Across Texas, community-starved people turned to the patios of breweries. That’s certainly been the case in my life. My office will soon reopen after 56 weeks of full-time stay-at-home work, and my vaccinated friends will soon host their first dinner party…View Original Post

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