The state of New York has been the epicenter for the US coronavirus outbreak, leading Governor Andrew Cuomo to extend the lockdown until at least the 15th of May.
But in the meantime, New Yorkers can rest easy as all their beer needs will be taken care of by two adorable pooches, who are delivering beer from their Six Harbors Brewing Company in Long Island, New York. Buddy and Barley are the two canine faces behind the delivery service, and they certainly have been making a positive impact on those who are staying at home.
As their owner and owner of the company, Mark Heuwetter, said to New York Daily News, “We’ve had to change our business model.”
Mark also added, “We created an online store and now people can have curbside or delivery. We took the dogs on a few trips and people were loving the dogs when they came, so we added them.”
As Mark stated, both 3-year-old Buddy and one-year-old Barley, “make a nice compliment to the delivery service. They put smiles on people’s faces.”
The two dogs have been such a success that Mark has been receiving a steady string of requests for Buddy and Barley to personally drop off orders.
Mark said to the Daily News, “We are finding out, and maybe it’s because of what’s happening right now — our online store is generating so much sales — that depending on the day we are matching or exceeding what we did before isolation and I think it’s because of the dogs.”
This month, Six Harbors Brewing celebrated two years of being a business. And they happen to be only one of several essential businesses in the Huntington area still going during the statewide lockdown.
Mark admitted that he was expecting the company to experience a 95% business plummet due to the coronavirus outbreak, but fortunately, thanks to Buddy and Barley, the brewery is actually experiencing a boom!
Buddy and Barley have come to be known by customers as the “brew dogs,” because they both sport necklaces made out of empty Six Harbors Brewing cans which feature the signature brew. They always wear them out on their delivery runs.
Mark continued, “Buddy and Barley love people. At the brewery they’d just walk table to table and people would just pet them and continue their conversations and the dogs would sit there until they’d stop petting and then they’d move to the next table.”
“We just wanted to create something different — and it’s morphed into this whole thing of the brew dog show… people request Buddy and Barley,” Mark elaborated.
So, while New York continues to sit in lockdown, it would appear that not all heroes wear capes or surgical scrubs – some just have four legs and personally deliver beer.