Kansas City’s Crane Brewing adding drive-thru beer sales because of coronavirus

In Kansas City, local businesses are getting creative in the face of coronavirus closures.

With bars and restaurants possibly set to close in KC, as they have in other metro areas, local breweries who depend on revenue from their taproom are looking for opportunities to diversify their sales options.

In the case of Raytown’s Crane Brewing, that means drive-up beer sales—a phenomenon that’s common in other parts of the country, but inexplicably not in Missouri.

Owner Christopher Meyers says that Crane—which makes amazing sour beers—will now sell you to-go beer, and you don’t have to leave the comfort and safety of your own automobile. Their pay stations are mobile, so an employee will simply run out to complete the transaction.

“We will let people call in an order and pay over the phone,” he says. “We get their info and pickup time. We run the beer out to them—with ID verification, of course.”

While noting that Crane would “prefer call ahead to increase efficiency,” they will also serve you if you drive up, honk and flash your brights.

Crane also very much appreciates the business in this time of uncertainty and economic hardship.

“We already had a distributor email all of their breweries today to postpone orders until further notice,” Meyers says. “We are asking people to be extra considerate when they are buying beer, to please but local. Small breweries are going to suffer.”

You can call in your order to Crane by clicking here.

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