NEW HAVEN, CT — A New Haven craft beer bar and restaurant announced in a Facebook post that it will be closing due to the pandemic. The Beer Collective opened its door three years ago.
The post reads: "We wanted to provide a dedicated craft beer list of the best beer we could find, and for the past three and a half years, we believe we succeeded in that goal. This COVID-19 crisis has hit the world hard, and especially the service industry in ways for which we could not predict or prepare. Together, we will hopefully get through this crisis together. This new world will sadly be without The Beer Collective. We have considered different strategies, but we are unable to keep the doors open any longer."
They also wrote that "New Haven is an incredible town and we were glad to be a part of its nightlife for the past three years."
The bar maintained a rating of 4.5 stars on Yelp. One reviewer said: "Beer Collective represents the best beer from all over the state."
The state's bars were ordered closed in mid-March. Recently, bars were allowed to reopen with outdoor seating and social distancing guidelines in place.
With a spike in coronavirus cases across the country, Gov. Ned Lamont said he's rethinking plans about allowing bars to reopen indoor service.
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