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Breweries Offering Free Food & Beer to Furloughed Government Workers

Breweries Offering Free Food & Beer to Furloughed Government Workers

Putting aside one’s political party affiliation or beliefs, the government shutdown, which is now the longest in American history at 28 days, has impacted over 800,000 furloughed government workers and contractors and affected even more government adjacent jobs. But luckily, good-willed Americans in all industries have answered the call by supporting their fellow countrymen & women.

No industry represents those ideals of community and lending a hand quite like the beer industry, and in this dire circumstance, several breweries across the country have offered support in their own way as well, through food and beer. Because when we’re a little down on our luck, it always helps to have a friend buy you a beer.

In DC, the epicenter of those most affected, a partnership between Mess Hall, food writer Nevin Martell3Advance, and PR firm Quixotic has given birth to the most extreme case of beer-ing it forward through the appropriately named PayItFurloughed program. The crowd-sourced website allows everyday citizens to donate a beer which can be redeemed by furloughed government workers at Atlas Brew Works, DC Brau, 3 Stars Brewing and Shop Made in DC. Thus far over 2,700 beers have been donated and over 450 beers have been redeemed.

Other breweries from across the country have also begun promoting their own offers to support those affected by the shutdown, so we decided to round-up as many as we could find. Note, all offers require proof of government ID’s to redeem these deals.

Of note… in many states, it is illegal for breweries to offer free or discounted beer. While we do not advocate breaking the law, ironically the TTB, the government’s enforcement division for alcohol is considered non-essential, therefore closed during the shut down so… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. We’re guessing they could use a beer as well.

Finally, if your brewery is offering discounted or free beer/food to furloughed government employees let us know and we’ll update this post. Just reach out via our contact page. While many tremendous organizations have extended offers, this post is solely focused on breweries.


7Sisters Brewing (San Luis Obispo)

Offer: Free grilled cheese sandwich


4 Noses Brewing (Broomfield)

Offer: First round free

Black Shirt Brewing (Denver) 

Offer: Free knots & 15% off drinks

City Star Brewing (Berthoud)

Offer: First pint free on City Star with the option for other guests to buy additional beers for furloughed workers

Copper Club Brewing (Fruita)

Offer: Free Beer on Saturday, January 19

Epic Brewing (Denver)

Offer: 50% off everything

Florence Brewing (Florence)

Offer: Thursdays $1 off for government employees, also federal employees are currently welcome to open a tab and settle it after the furlough

Great Divide Brewing (Denver)

Offer: Buy one get one free beer at both GDBC locations

Holidaily Brewing (Golden)

Offer: Buy one get one free beer until 1/21

Lady Justice Brewing (Denver)

Offer: Asking guests to add $5 to their tab this weekend to buy a beer for furloughed employees. After tallying those donations, Lady Justice will provide free beers to those who qualify during their AmeriCorps Appreciation Day on January 27 (don’t have to be AmeriCorps members to qualify, however the founders were all AmeriCorps members themselves!)

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont)

Offer: First round free

Maxline Brewing (Fort Collins)

Offer: Buy one get one free on first round of pints

New Belgium Brewing (Asheville, Fort Collins)

Offer: One free Fat Tire

Odell Brewing (Denver, Fort Collins)

Offer: Free pint January 18-20, 2019

The Post Brewing (Lafayette, Longmont, Boulder, Denver)

Offer: Free lunch at all Big Red F locations (Including The Post Brewing, West End Tavern, Jax, Zolo & Centro M-F, does not include tax/tip)

Rock Cut Brewing (Estes Park)

Offer: First beer free & beer-it-forward program allows patrons to tab for government employees.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder)

Offer: Free lunch from a limited menu, Monday-Friday 11am-2pm

Welcome Home Brewery (Parker)

Offer: Customers can purchase (donate) beers for government employees. Furloughed employees can receive their first beer free.


Dissent Craft Brewing (Saint Petersburg)

Offer: One free beer

St. Petersburg Brewing Company (St. Petersburg)

Offer: $3 drafts for furloughed government employees


Sweetwater Brewery Furlough Free Beer

Sweetwater Brewing (Atlanta)

Offer: First two beers free


Argus Brewery (Chicago)

Offer: Free tour on Saturday, January 19 for the first 50 applicants. E-mail: [email protected]

Horse Thief Hollow Brewing (Chicago)

Offer: Free lunch under the #ShutdownSpecial until Friday, January 18.


Boulevard Brewing (Kansas City)

Offer: Furlough pricing (first beer free).

City Barrel Brewing (Kansas City)

Offer: Free ticket to a private event for furloughed workers, who will receive free beer the brewery couldn’t can because the TTB has been shut down and thus unable to approve labels.


Zipline Brewing (Lincoln and Omaha)

Offer: Furlough Fill Friday, one free 32oz growler fill each Friday until the furlough ends.

North Carolina

Fullsteam Brewery Furlough Free Beer

Fullsteam Brewery (Durham)

Offer: One free beer 

New Belgium Brewing (Asheville, Fort Collins)

Offer: One free Fat Tire

Trophy Brewing (Raleigh)

Offer: One free small pizza to any government employee and one free large pizza to any two government employees who come in together.


Circle Brewing

Offer: First beer free


Roosters Brewing (Ogden)

Offer: 20% off in-restaurant dining for government employees + guest until January 31.

Uinta Brewing

Offer: 20% off all food and a free 32oz unfilled growler.

Washington D.C.

3 Stars Brewing

Offer: Free beer through PayItFurloughed

Atlas Brew Works 

Offer: Free beer through PayItFurloughed

DC Brau 

Offer: Free beer through PayItFurloughed & a % off all purchases to government employees based on the number of days the government has been shut down as well.

Ornery Beer Company



Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River, Portland)

Offer: Free beer or 15% off your tab.

Rogue Ales & Spirits (Portland)

Offer: Members of the Coast Guard receive 25% off beer and 50% off food.

Schooner Brewing

Offer: One free meal until the shutdown ends.

Thunder Island Brewing (Cascade Locks)

Offer: Federal employees enjoy a free beer or $5.50 off bill


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