Another craft brewery has shuttered amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Mad Robot Brewing Company & Quixotic Lounge in Boca Raton, Florida, announced via its Facebook page that the brewery would be permanently closing its doors.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that we are closing our doors for good,” the post from the brewery’s founder, Allen Steen read. “I want to thank every person who ever bought a beer from us for their support.”
The brewery was founded in June of 2018 when Steen’s friend and founder of the Funky Buddha Brewery, Ryan Sentz, offered to sell their original Boca Raton location when the Oakland Park-based brewery was being acquired by Constellation Brands.
Though under a new brand, Mad Robot maintained some of the same features that made the Funky Buddha’s taproom such a success. The brewery hosted a rotation of musicians and comedians in its Quixotic Lounge, and next door to the brewery, Mad Robot operated a home brewing supply store.
While coronavirus wasn’t specifically cited in the announcement, the pandemic has adversely affected most breweries nationwide. A survey conducted by the Brewers Association revealed that nearly half of all breweries across the U.S. could close within a few months if a COVID-19 lockdown persisted. And due to a rapidly increasing number of cases in Florida, bars were just rcecently ordered closed once again in Palm Beach County.