Hey! Awesome news! There is a new bundle of insurance coverages available just for craft breweries!
Did the exclamation points and the word awesome get you excited about insurance? I assume not because insurance is boring (sorry, insurers, it is true), but come on, not everything needs to be exciting. Some things actually need to be super boring, hang in the background and then cover for you after you mess up. This is what our sensible friend insurance does, and we thank her.
Anyway, Philadelphia Insurance Companies has put together a new package of policies and product enhancements for the craft brewing and distilling industries. From Insurance Business America:
The collection of customized coverages includes property, general liability, product recall, contamination and adulteration, equipment breakdown, automobile, and liquor liability, among others. Specialized coverage is also available for breweries and distilleries with tasting rooms, restaurants and special events.
“The craft brewery industry is thriving,” said Michael McShane, product specialist and Philadelphia Insurance Companies. “Developing a Craft Brewer & Distillery product recognizes this growth, and addresses the need for more specialized attention as the microbrewery insurance market is currently underdeveloped.”
OK, I feel bad about making fun of insurance. Here are some more exciting insurance-related articles as a peace offering.
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