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Black Abbey Brewing Company changes up business model to stay open during pandemic

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Posted at 6:15 AM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 10:06:46-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — While COVID-19 has forced some businesses to shut down, it has forced others to change what they're doing to stay open.

Many breweries like the Black Abbey Brewing Company in South Nashville would be gearing up for a crowded Friday night. But that hasn't been the case there for weeks.

So owner Carl Meier came up with a new strategy: collaborate with other small businesses.

Just like any other small business owner, Meier has had to change the way he’s doing business during the pandemic.

“We now function like a convenient store,” Meier said. “So people can come in, they can order beer online and we will bring it out to you. They can come in they can bring growlers or mason jars.”

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Meier said he’s glad city leaders changed some of the rules to help businesses serve their customers curbside. But he also wanted to do his part to help others.

That’s why Meier teamed up with another small business, to sell their meat that's usually sold only at the Farmer's Market.

“[They said] you should let my brother come and sell beef,” Meier said. “So we had on the schedule in the world ending, and he came anyway. People were coming in like 'I just left [the grocery store] and I can’t get any food so we came here.' We were able to get local beef from a local guy.”

Meier says now, more than ever, it's important to make sure everyone is taken care of.

To see a list of local businesses that are open, check out our We're Open, Y'all page.