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Record Street Brewing welcomes in Black Rabbit Mead to support recently reclosed business

Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 12:01 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - An inspiring partnership has come out of the Coronavirus pandemic.

After Nevada’s reopening took a step backward, with bars being forced to close for a second time due to increased COVID-19 cases and concerns, Black Rabbit Mead Company found itself in a worrying spot.

“I was feeling a lot in that moment, no doubt a lot of fear and concern,” said Will Truce, co-owner of Black Rabbit Mead Company, which opened in July of 2019.

“Having to close the doors and pivot back to only online sales, curbside sales. That’s pretty tough,” said Jake Conway, Black Rabbit Mead’s other co-owner.

But the high school teachers turned Nevada’s first meadery operators quickly got a sigh of relief when a neighboring business gave them a ring.

“Jesse, the owner at Record Street Brewing, reached out to us literally within minutes of the governor’s announcement,” said Truce.

“(He said) we want to carry all your meads on tap. We’ll give you all the proceeds,” said Conway. “Just an awesome guy.”

With Record Street Brewing still able to operate under strict guidelines, they’ve opened up three of their taps for Black Rabbit Mead to continue operating outside of its limited curbside retail. Mead is a cider-like beverage with alcohol derived from honey.

“If they fail, we all fail,” said Jesse Corletto, owner of Record Street Brewing. “That’s the way I viewed it when I got the news.”

And it’s not as if Record Street is thriving amid COVID-19. The half-decade project in Reno’s Brewery District on East Fourth Street was set to debut in early March. Needless to say, their planned opening was moved by a matter of months.

“I’m not going to sugar coat it, it’s been difficult,” said Corletto. “But the community’s been great in supporting us.”

A support strong enough for Corletto, who’s also a full-time firefighter, to welcome his neighbors across the street in for a piece of their profit. A gesture Conway and Truce don’t take lightly.

”It really goes a long way to show his character,” said Conway. “And just show what a great addition Record Street has been to the Reno business community.”

“Even though it was a surprise to get that offer, it by no means was a shocker,” added Truce. “It seemed to go right along with everything we’ve experienced with Jesse and Record Street Brewing before.”

“It feels great to be able to give back,” said Corletto. “We’re all in it together, we’re in the Brewery District.”

“We’re all one here.”

On Thursday, July 14th from 6-8 p.m., the owners of Black Rabbit Mead Company will be at Record Street Brewing to officially introduce their meads and teach patrons about it.

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