Nearly two years ago we launched MBC with the mission to brew damn good beer and build stronger community to inspire bigger dreams for all. This mission is as relevant and critical now as it was two years ago.

MBC Legion of Brews and Founders Club members, we hope you are finding comfort, sanity and safety in this precarious moment for our world. We’re trying. In the early days of this pandemic, we thank you and our other customers for helping us sustain a strong business. We have been comforted by the continuous support and steady stream of customers.

Our taproom is closed, but our parking lot is open for an elbow knock, a familiar smile and beers to go. We now offer a pick-up service at the brewery. Order online to schedule a pick up. Maybe you want to surprise a neighbor or a friend with beer at their doorsteps. A random act of beer kindness could go a long way to making us all feel cared for. As we navigate this uncharted and emotional moment for many of us, MBC will continue to adapt our business to continually serve you.

You can order online to schedule a pick up any day between 3 – 6pm at the brewery. We will continue to adapt our business to serve our community. If you see creative actions by others you think are noteworthy, please pass them along.

We will reopen our doors. When we do, we hope you will join for a pint in the taproom and check out the Creative Lou’s art that’s on display for sale. Creative Lou produced the graphic label rendering of Major Taylor. Proceeds from the Trail Blazer pale ale support Major Taylor Project to provide needed adaptive equipment for young people to participate in cycling.

A couple days ago, I listened to music shared and encouraged by Yo Yo Ma and Lin Manuel Miranda to spark solace and joy right now. For all you Hamilton fans, Lin-Manuel Miranda dropped a never-before-heard “Hamilton” song. “Wish I could send you peace of mind via this app,” Miranda said on Twitter. “Alas. But I can send you music no one’s heard. Here’s a cut Hamilton/Washington tune called ‘I Have This Friend.’ Yo-Yo Ma released the first in his “songs of comfort” series. “In these days of anxiety, I wanted to find a way to continue to share some of the music that gives me comfort,” the world-renowned musician tweeted. Dvořák’s “Going Home.” Some of you might also enjoy this beautiful guitar solo. We’re excited to return this spring to hosting local musicians for us all to enjoy at the brewery.

Finally, two of our Founders members who are health care providers have passed along some advice they’ve recently heard. Thanks Chris and Renata.

1) Practice great oral hygiene before bed – Duh right?! When we sleep we no longer have the conscious ability to clear the throat to prevent secretions from reaching lower airways. By ensuring your mouth is clean before bed you can vastly reduce the chance that virus-laden secretions reach the lower airways.

2) Elevate the head of your bed – Or sleep well-propped up with a pillow or two. By elevating the head of the bed secretions are more likely to fall to the esophagus and less likely into the airways. COVID-19 is a respiratory pathogen and protecting the airway is paramount.

3) 8 hours of sleep a night – A strong immune system is a rested immune system. Do not compromise sleep and rest.

4) 30 minutes of exercise daily – Similar to deep breathing, exercise is great at ensuring our lungs are oxygenating to the best of their ability. 30 minutes a day, it can be simple.

5) Deep breathing – Deep breathing promotes oxygenation of the alveoli located at the end of our bronchial tubes. Deep breathing causes alveoli to stretch and oxygenate the blood. In pneumonia the alveoli are clogged and are unable to oxygenate the blood. Deep breathing helps keep alveoli healthy 🙂 Might also help with personal sanity.

6) Meditation for stress-reduction – Stress causes the release of a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol wreaks havoc on the body in many ways. From an infectious standpoint, extended exposure to cortisol cortisol reduces our body’s immune response.

Yours,
Rodney
ceo/chief mission guy