When Phase Two of reopening hit and Hamilton’s restaurants, bars, and breweries started rolling out their distanced patios, Grain & Grit Beer Co. held off on jumping right in; not because they didn’t want to do it, but because they wanted to make sure they did it as safely as possible.
Now, Grain & Grit has officially opened its outdoor beergarden as of Thursday July 9th, which takes up the entire parking lot of their Ewen Road brewery in West Hamilton; and from the looks of it, the gorgeous setup was worth the extra wait.
Founded by Joe and Lindsey Mrav, Grain & Grit has cemented themselves as one of Hamilton’s most community-focused craft breweries. On top of making great beer with killer branding, they also regularly host community events, work to make their brewery a safe and welcoming space, and actively support worthy charitable causes.
That’s why their taproom and patio were routinely packed with people pre-pandemic; a practice that was, of course, cut off when the safety risks of COVID-19 began to emerge.
Luckily, as COVID-19 restrictions begin to relax in controlled ways across the city, beloved spots like Grain & Grit can once again welcome locals to hang out on the patio.
That said, there will be some strict safety guidelines in place at Grain & Grit’s physically-distanced beergarden.
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Well folks, it's been a long road of pivots and uncertainty, but we’re finally able to welcome you back to Grain&Grit for a beer, in our brand new Beergarden! With everyone’s good health and safety in mind, things will look a little different at Grain&Grit. To minimize crowds and wait times, we’ll be accepting reservations only. There is a limit on the time you can spend with us, to make sure that everyone get a chance to enjoy the Beergarden. If you have a group of 1-4 people, you will be able to stay for 90 minutes, and if there are 6-8 people in your group, you will have two hours. A few more important things to note: 〰️ If you’re unwell, please stay home. 〰️ Please do not enter the building unless you’re using the washroom. We’ll serve you at your table, where you can order beer to drink on the patio, and beer to-go. 〰️ When you enter the building to use the washroom, you must wear a mask! Please bring one from home! Our team will be wearing masks, and we expect you to wear one, too. 〰️ Dogs are welcome! Please keep dogs on a leash and close to your table. Please also refrain from petting other peoples dogs, as it can make it difficult to maintain social distancing. 〰️ Kids are welcome! Children (and everyone else!) should remain seated at the table unless they are using the washroom. Please note that kids should be counted as a guest when you make your reservation. 〰️ Please park in the Car Star parking lot, directly beside the brewery. 〰️ You may bring outside food, but please take your garbage with you when you leave. 〰️ If you’re coming by to purchase beer to-go or picking up an online curbside order, please see the host at the entrance to the patio and we will serve you there. We’re committed to the safety of our guests and our team, and we have posted more of the health and safety precautions that we’re taking on our website at grainandgritbeer.com/beergarden To make a reservation, hop over to the link in our bio! See you in the Beergarden! 📷 by @tastehamont
Firstly, to cut back on wait times and overcrowding, walk-up guests will not be accepted. Those who want to enjoy the beergarden must make a reservation on Grain & Grit’s website to receive a 90 minute slot for groups of 1 to 4 people, or a 2 hour slot for groups of 6 to 8 people.
Be prepared to mask up too, because Grain & Grit will be strictly enforcing mask-wearing if visitors need to enter the brewery itself to use the washroom. All of the brewery’s team members will be wearing masks and ensuring physical distancing is maintained all times too.
Out of an abundance of caution, Grain & Grit will also be thoroughly sanitizing all chairs and tables between parties, and regularly sanitizing payment terminals and other high-touch areas around the brewery as well.
For those that would rather enjoy Grain & Grit’s fantastic beer at home, the brewery is still offering curb-side pickup and takeout for retail.
While it’s exciting to see so many of Hamilton’s small businesses get a chance to restart, it’s also important to be safe about it. Make sure that, if you visit a spot like Grain & Grit, you’re taking all of the usual COVID precautions including physical distancing, only getting together with members of your 10-person social circle, frequent hand-washing, wearing masks in enclosed public spaces, and staying home if you are feeling unwell.
To learn more about Grain & Grit’s gorgeous new beergarden, and make a reservation, check out their website.
Lead image courtesy of @tastehamont