COVID-19 Resources for Craft Breweries

Updated: May 27, 2020 

CURRENT STATUS: California countries have been given statewide allowance to move into stage 2 upon completion of self-certification process. Some counties are also allowed to now move forward into early stage 3. You can review if your county has been approved to move forward  here.

Stage 2 allows for the re-opening of restaurants, breweries and wineries under certain conditions, including serving a meal in the same transaction as alcohol. The statewide dine-in guidance can be reviewed here and includes conditions related to employees, workplace, sanitation and social distancing. There may be additional guidance in your county health order related to group size or other procedures.

Stage 3 opening will eventually include bars/taverns. Information on that process, timeline & conditions for re-opening have not yet been announced.

CCBA ROLE: Your association continues to work with the Office of the Governor, state legislature,  the California ABC, and county health officials to advocate for more than 1000 craft breweries operating in the state of California. Please contact CCBA to get involved or to learn more.

Below is a constantly updated list of resources and information for your business during this time:

California ABC Regulatory Relief 

  • California ABC relaxed restrictions on
    • Expansion of licensed premises for social distancing. Info here.
    • Charitable donations, free delivery and extended delivery hours. Info here.
    • Returns, off-sale privileges, extensions of credit, deliveries to consumers and more. Info here. 
  • The ABC also announced a 30-Day extension on Annual License Renewal Fees and Late Renewal Penalty Fees
  • Ongoing Q&A can be found on the ABC FAQs

California Tax Relief

  • Property Taxes: Governor Newsom signed an executive order that waives penalties for property taxes paid after April 10 for taxpayers who demonstrate they have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic through May 6, 2021. This will apply to residential properties and small businesses. Read more here
  • The Employment Development Department is allowing people to request a 60 day delay in payroll taxes. This extension is for filing state payroll reports and/or depositing payroll taxes without penalty or interest.
  • The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) is offering a 90-day extension for sales and use tax returns and tax payments for all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes. See more info online here. 
  • CDTFA will also allow small business taxpayers to enter into 12-month, interest-free payment plans for up to $50,000 of sales and use tax liability. Info here. More info on state tax relief here and on state based loan options here. This includes EXCISE TAXES.
  • Excise tax refunds on “unmerchantable” beer:

Lease and Mortgage Relief 

  • Governor Newsom’s executive order suspends all state laws that would prevent local governments from enacting policies to protect you as a resident or business owner from eviction because of nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19.
  • Additional moratoriums on lease payments and evictions may be in place. Check with your county or city.

California Specific HR Q&A 

California Insurance Info  

Federal Relief Packages


  • The California Office of the Small Business Advocate is available to help businesses identify resources and obtain answers to key questions (to the extent known).  They created a very user friendly page, “How We Can Help,” and continue to update a helpful FAQ for small businesses.
  • Find your local small business assistance center through the California TA Providers Guide.  At these state- and federally-funded business assistance centers, small businesses and nonprofits can access free one-on-one business and management counseling and training, including the discussion of options for accessing capital.
  •  California Small Business Development Centers has a resource page, which includes both state and federal information for small businesses: There is also a California Resource Guide with detailed information about federal programs serving California, including the SBA Disaster Economic Injury Loan Program
  • GO-Biz is hosting a COVID-19 resource webpage with links to the IBankLabor and Workforce AgencyFranchise Tax Board, and Department of Tax and Fee Management:
  • California Restaurant Resource Center HERE
  • Brewers Association Resources HUB
  • Google is offering free ad credit to some small businesses
  • Resources for manufacturing hand sanitizer available via the FDA and the WHO.

If you have a resource to add to this list please email