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Certitude in a Time of Uncertainty
Smuttynose Brewing Company pledges financial compensation to furloughed service employees.


 Hampton, NH, March 24, 2020 — 

Smuttynose Brewing Company, a subsidiary of Finestkind Brewing Company, LLC, announced on Monday, March 16, that they will temporarily be closing public access to their brewery location in Hampton, NH. The Smuttynose Restaurant location in Hampton, NH, and experimental brewery and scratch kitchen, Smuttlabs, in Dover, NH will also be halting dine-in service to guests. These closures are due to the recent Federal and state legislation changes, which have put restrictions on operations within the hospitality industry amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. 

In a bid to provide warm meals and fresh beer for their community, The Restaurant at Smuttynose and Smuttlabs Brewery & Kitchen will be offering take-out and delivery options from their respective locations. While the partial opening of these locations will provide their salaried staff with opportunities to earn their income, Smuttynose is taking additional steps to ensure that their roughly 40 part-time and full-time furloughed service workers won’t go without pay.

Specifically, Smuttynose Brewing Company has pledged to continue to carry the compensation and benefits for all employees, at a meaningful expense. The leadership team has been continually working with Smuttynose Ownership to help ensure that the entire Smutty Team is taken care of through this crisis as much as possible. 

As the restaurant industry has been hit extremely hard with countless closures, forced layoffs, and employment terminations, it saddens us all to come to the realization that many restaurants may be forced out of business permanently. Smuttynose is not exempt from these challenges, however, the Smuttynose leadership team is working hard to support their businesses, and more importantly, their employees.

Smuttynose ownership and management teams have worked together to build a stimulus package that will pay all employees on a weekly basis, based on the average of their last several checks, including both hourly earnings and tips. In addition, a portion of the profits from all take out sales, as well as all tips, will be going directly back to the employees that are not able to work because of the shutdowns. Smuttynose will also be providing daily hot meals to all of their employees through their Hampton and Dover restaurant locations.

 Smuttynose Director of Hospitality, Andrew Hart, speaks for the company when he says,

“We hope this company-paid week will ease some of the hardship we are all currently facing. We will continue this process week by week for as long as we can.

We will continue to monitor the events in an ongoing manner and provide the best possible support for our hard-working employees. We realize how fortunate we are to be in a position to help our community and staff and can’t wait to host you all at Smuttynose and Smuttlabs.”

While the restaurant side of the business may be coming to a brief halt, the brewhouse is continuing to work hard to brew your favorite Smuttynose and Smuttlabs beers. Smuttynose Brewing Company is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of their brewery and production staff. To support these good people making great beer, make your next one a Smutty.

For updated information, please visit Smuttynose.com, or follow Smuttynose Brewing Company on Facebook and Instagram at @SmuttynoseBeer. 


Smuttynose Brewing Co. is New Hampshire’s Craft Brewery.
From the iconic Finestkind IPA and Old Brown Dog Ale to new classics like Mysterious Haze, we’ve been setting beer trends since 1994 the only way we know how – working hard every day brewing only high quality, high flavor beers we’re happy to share with friends and family.
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