Making it easier for you to try non-alcoholic beer

Over the last few months, the Point 5 team has been selling on a third party online store. As of today, Point 5 is now also selling directly on our website at http://www.PointFiveBrewing.com . By selling on our own website this gives flexibility in a few ways:

We felt it was too expensive for new fans to taste Point 5

Many of you are tasting a non-alcoholic beer for the first time. Until now, it was $36 (when you include shipping) to buy a 12-pack. This is a steep price to try for the first time. To tackle that, we’ve done two things:

1. We’re making available a Starter Pack (3 bottles) for $9.99 – including shipping.

2. We’re making it a flat price of $29.99 for our 12-pack – including shipping.

Basically, we found it’s annoying to see the price of a product and then have to pay for shipping on top, so we’re simplifying to all-in pricing, with just state sales tax that would be added on top.

For those of you who do order the Starter Pack, you’ll also be getting a welcome note with a discount on your first 12-pack order. Keep an eye out for that.

Let me know your suggestions for how we can keep improving the website, and make the Point 5 experience more fun and enjoyable. Cheers, Ronan (+Dana + Ad!)

P.S. You can reach our “Make it a Point 5” campaign launch blog here.

A brief story about selling hand sanitizer online.

When the COVID-19 Response team (Anton, Ad, Dana, Gina, John, Barry) got together, one of the issues in getting hand sanitizer production started was finding the money to pay for all of the ingredients and bottles upfront. Thanks to a distribution partner we were able to get funds to kick production off. Selling online was hard at that point though because – for online sales – you more or less have to have the product ready (or ready soon) to be able to sell.

Now that we’ve been up and running a while, we’re in a position to start selling online and are doing that in 32 packs of 8 oz bottles on our new website http://www.ShopRespond.com . The thinking is that businesses will need these quantities as things start to open up again.

Right now we’re just selling to 48 states in the US and have 8 oz bottles. The hope is to expand out to doing other supplies soon – likely starting with 64 oz sanitizer bottles. Here is a quick video on the product.

Your ideas for making a lot of simple fabric masks

By now, many of us are wearing masks when outdoors. I’ve found it tricky to get a comfortable fabric mask, and I’ve been lucky that my housemate’s girlfriend made me one. It was much appreciated.

Some thoughts:

Not everyone’s head/face is the same size.

I imagine it’s tricky finding smaller masks to fit kids.

Wearing a mask is tricky because I wear glasses. They make the glasses wobbly and can lead them to fogging up.

It’s nice to have a mask that is a decent fit but also is loose enough to be able to talk – say, on a phone call.

Many masks squash my nose.

Some questions:

Have you any ideas on companies (maybe clothing companies?) that could make a large amount of simple fabric masks of different sizes? Say between 10,000 and 100,000 per week?

Are there simple fabric mask designs I should look at that address some of the issues above?

Let me know if you’d like to help finding out how to get a lot of masks made. If so, I should be able to get them on an online store that should open soon with the COVID-19 initiative I’ve been working on.