Alcohol farm

Poughkeepsie Brewery says it has plenty of booze to sell despite shortage season

Although it may seem more difficult to find alcohol at the moment due to supply and demand issues, a local brewery says it has plenty to sell its customers.

Shipping safeguards forced liquor store owners to raise prices by about $1 to $2 per bottle.

The Watsons, who run the Plan Bee Farm Brewery in Poughkeepsie, hope the request will send people to them.

They would typically ship their beer to New England and the West Coast, but COVID has slowed distribution, so they’re keeping more on the farm — and available for pickup seven days a week.

“We have a lot of alcohol,” says Emily Watson of Plan Bee Farm Brewery.

The Watsons and other local growers say they need your help.

They say they sold half the amount in 2020 compared to 2019, and half of the 2020 sales in 2021.

They are adapting by adding weddings to continue making money, and they hope more people will turn to local shopping.

Plan Bee Farm Brewery says it is keeping its supply chain closed, using only New York State produce for its beers — another way to alleviate some of the shortages.

It is not only alcohol that is missing, but also bottling materials such as glass and cork.

News 12 went to a liquor store just 10 minutes from the brewery. Customers say they have no trouble finding what they need.