A cooking website analyzed geotagged Twitter data over the past 30 days and determined that the state of Texas has consumed the most alcohol since the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19.
SeriouslySmoked.com reviewed more than 200,000 Twitter posts in the last month, analyzing keywords, phrases and hashtags to conclude that the Lone Star State had the highest volume of tweets with alcohol consumption references, the Austin NBC-affiliate KXAN reported.
California was next, followed by New Mexico, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada, Louisiana, Mississippi, Idaho and Georgia.
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Texas also finished atop SeriouslySmoked.com’s survey of the biggest drinking states on National Margarita Day, Feb. 22.
The news comes as state officials loosened drinking restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak.
This week Gov. Greg Abbott issued a waiver allowing restaurants and bars to deliver alcohol with food purchases.
Abbott also instructed the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to waive certain provisions to allow manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of alcoholic beverages to repurchase or sell back unopened products.
Abbott’s office said the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected the hospitality industry.
“The State of Texas is committed to supporting retailers, restaurants, and their employees,” Abbott said. “These waivers will allow restaurants to provide enhanced delivery options to consumers during this temporary period of social distancing.”
Some establishments, such as Austin Beerworks, even set up drive-thru services for booze.
In accordance with new rules, our taproom is now only able to offer Beer-To-Go. We set up a drive through tent and are working on preordering online.
Lots more details to come! pic.twitter.com/D1ZSvffqqq
— Austin Beerworks (@AustinBeerworks) March 17, 2020
Breweries in other states have followed suit.
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White Street Brewery in downtown Wake Forest, North Carolina, is offering curbside service. And Wolf Creek Brewery in Valencia, California, has opened up a drive-thru.