This Post is updated 7/24/2020 – So please read it as we’ve been working with partners to figure out what is best to do.
Important changes to passports for 2020
Craft Notes is a program that is based on mutual benefit for both partners and consumers. Right now our partners need your support.
We understand you want to get back out there, and we thank you for giving us the time to figure everything out.
Please read below for exact policy.
|When?||Passport Stamp||App Subscribers|
|Before 8/1/2020||Not Accepted||Not Accepted|
|During MN Capacity Restrictions||Get 2-for-1 Drink per valid stamp||Get 2-for-1 Drink (1/day)|
|After restrictions lifted||Comp Drink per valid stamp||Get 2-for-1 Drinks (3/day|
|Only Takeout/Counter (not open for sit down)||Not Accepted||Not Accepted|
1) POLICY for drink Offers using craft notes PASSPORTS
The industry has been hit hard, and we’re encouraging you to support them by buying drinks and food. When you do, you’ll be rewarded with your 2nd drink complimentary.
We ask that you note specifics about what will be offered, as businesses need your support more than ever right now.
Capacity limits are in effect. Must support venue with a purchase to receive comp drink.
During that time, you will be able to get stamped as per usual, however, you will be asked to purchase something; in most cases, this is another drink, but restaurants will also accept if you purchase dinner.
When Capacity restrictions lifted: Resume normal use
Date TBD. Once things are back to normal your passport will as well.
2) Craft Notes Events Temporarily Cancelled
We look forward to sharing a drink with you, but for the moment, all events hosted by us will be cancelled.
3) No Change: Exploration & Learning
Craft Notes Passports and Mobile app are still a great way to discover, learn about, and explore the best local artisans — now you can use it to guide you to who is most-deserving of your support.
4) Upcoming Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Passport – Releases 8/1/2020
You can currently pre-order the book now and save 10%. You’ll be the 1st person to get it, all pre-sale orders will ship 8/1/2020
And YES, the guild and the breweries within are still very needing of your support. Purchasing yours now will be a great way to support the Minnesota craft beer industry, with money going immediately and directly to their survival.
Dear Craft Notes Community,
Thank you for all the support and love you’ve shown Craft Notes. It’s been rewarding to partner with, learn about, and support so many great local people.
We founded the passport concept with 2 missions in mind:
1) For Consumers – Learning, Fun, & Exploration: A trusted, authentic, curated, all-inclusive community centered on local culture; to connect you to the best, most creative, local businesses.
2) For Local Business Partners – Help authentic ones succeed: Support their contributions to local culture and the local economy by bringing new customers and telling their stories.
In order to fulfill mutual Partnership mission, I’m asking for your support by following, sharing, and embracing these temporary changes. — Things will get better again. Until then, let’s do our part to make that happen quicker.
Matthew DowgwilloCraft Notes Founder
Questions About new our products and how it affects you.
We are living in unprecedented times. Because current venue capacity is so limited right now, we do not want them missing revenue they currently desperately need.
As able, continue to shop local and buy what you need from them. And don’t forget when you DO go, to tip big! Staff have been very affected and we are depending on you. (See More ideas)
The pandemic dried up our ad budget, so please, follow us, tell your friends, give us good reviews…
If able, purchase a new passport; it will be valid when times return to normal. – Even better if you can do it at one of or local retail shops that have also been affected.
Drink Passport Holders & Mobile App Subscribers
So, can I use my app or passport for drinks now?
YES. Starting 8/1 return to any vendor for your stamps! However, You WILL be asked to support them with a purchase. This means either a food or other drink purchase.
There are still capacity restrictions. Why the new Policy to restart?
To be honest, we needed a breather to see what was best for all the venues…
We placed a hold for the summer, but are resuming 8/1 as we release our new passport with the Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild.
I Purchased a Passport, am I losing Value?
We want to assure you that you are NOT losing value on your purchase. Most of you do, and should use this as a 2-for-1 already, so this is just a policy to mandate it: SUPPORT WITH PURCHASE = GET ANOTHER DRINK FREE.
Once state capacity requirements are lifted, things will be as they were.
Do I have to worry about Passports expiring?
One of the best things about Craft Notes Passports is that most do not expire. Each passport is curated to tell a story about local exceptionalism – great stories do not expire and neither do the drink offers we provide within.
In fact, if able, we ask that you support us with a purchase or gift purchase and just save them for when things open back up.
If yours DOES have an expiration, 12 months from the date listed will be added to the acceptance date.
I’m paying for an app subscription… What are you doing for me?
Currently, 2-for-1 drink offers in the app are now available and limited to 1/day until restrictions lifted.
If you would like to unsubscribe for now, you can do so within the app (instructions).
We are still actively adding art, photography, and additional places to the app. All current subscription funds are going directly to the local artists that are helping us with that effort. We ask that if you are able, to continue to stay subscribed.
If you are able to stay subscribed, THANK YOU. You will have the option to receive a free 45-day membership when things are reopened again.
We will be issuing something to all subscribers with this info ASAP.