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Putting the Room in Taproom: Hospitality Design with Space to Breathe

Two years of pandemic have altered hospitality and the beer industry in meaningful ways. Here’s a look at how COVID has—and hasn’t—shifted taproom architecture and design.

Kate Bernot Mar 28, 2022 - 9 min read

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At Lawson’s Finest Liquids in Waitsfield, Vermont, bike racks and wetland boardwalks encourage outdoor recreation and socializing. In more urban environments, parking lots and alleyways have proven to be valuable gathering spaces. Photo: Courtesy Lawson’s Finest Liquids.

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The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t yet been fully vanquished—and nobody knows when the next spiky variant might appear—but many drinkers are enjoying the much-anticipated “return to normal” anyway. They’re also enjoying the return to brewery taprooms that are, in many ways, different than they were two years ago. And new ones are likely to be planned with different considerations than before.

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