Harpoon launches delivery service available to parts of Dot

A Harpoon employee loads beer into a delivery truck. Photo courtesy Harpoon Twitter.

Depending on where you live in Dorchester, you may now be able to have Harpoon beer delivered to your door thanks to a new delivery service campaign from the South Boston Seaport-based brewery.

Based on a map tweeted out by Harpoon, deliveries can be made from the brewery to residents in several neighborhoods including Columbia Point, Savin Hill, Jones Hill, Uphams Corner, and Grove Hall. Orders must be made online between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and will be delivered same day between 4-7 p.m. Assorted 12-packs and 4-packs of beer, cider, and hard seltzer are available for order, in addition to handmade pretzels and merchandise. The $35 order minimum includes free delivery.

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Charlie Storey, president of Mass Bay Brewing Co., told the Reporter that so far the campaign has seen a “positive response” from the community.

“We’ve never done it before, so we don’t really have a benchmark to compare it to, but it seems to be going well,” said Storey. “So far it’s exceeded our expectations in terms of the response and the number of orders we’ve gotten...we’re really grateful.”

Storey added that instituting the delivery service has “enabled us to keep people employed.”

Like other businesses in the hospitality industry across the country, Harpoon is feeling the ill effects of the COVID-19 crisis, which prompted the closure of bars and restaurants throughout the Commonwealth.

“That piece of our business is gone,” said Storey. “It’s partially offset by relatively strong business in liquor stores and grocery stores...we do have the to-go business, but that’s only a fraction of our ordinary level of activity.”

Looking beyond immediate community support, Storey said any forthcoming government response to the crisis should put the needs of workers first.

“The first focus is on employees who because of the crisis have been furloughed and laid off, that their access to unemployment benefits is swift and not held up with any kind of red tape. The Commonwealth has been responsive on that front...specifically in terms of our industry, the Governor has recognized the bev industry as essential...and also signed a bill, which has yet to pass legislation, that would enable bars and restaurants to sell beer and wine to-go while the ban is in place. So it seems like the state government is doing what it can to help keep our businesses alive.”