Several companies across the country have started to offer free or discounted services to recognize and thank health-care workers. Here in the Puget Sound, several local breweries have joined the effort.
At Crucible Brewing in Everett, a beertender read about a brewery in Florida that had started a pay-it-forward service where customers could buy beers for medical staff. Owners Shawn Dowling and Dick Mergens loved the idea, especially since one of their employees is currently a nursing student. The pair decided that any health-care worker that showed their badge at the brewery could get a free 32-ounce crowler, and a flat 25% off any beer purchase.
“We have some of the most amazing, compassionate, giving customers and it feels incredible to be able to give back to the hard-working men and women on the front lines,” Shawn and Dick said in an email. “The word is getting out and we feel lucky to get to be the bearer of some good news with the current state of events. Most of the health-care workers that come in do look tired, but determined, and each has left with a smile on their face(mask) after picking up their beer. We are just happy to be able to at least bring a small amount of joy to their day and are thankful that our community has stepped up and delivered.”
Within the first hour of the service, Crucible had raised over $50 for the fund, which currently sits at about $130. Customers can add whatever amount they’d like to their bill. Shawn and Dick estimate the community has raised about $250 so far. Crucible Brewing is currently offering curbside pickup and delivery options.
Chainline + Lazy Boy Brewing
Chainline Brewing, which is located near EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland, began a similar program and, according to its Facebook page, raised over $3,000 in gift cards for local health-care workers to give them access to a free brew. Lazy Boy Brewing in Everett also had an anonymous donor last weekend that wanted to pay for a 4-pack or growler fill for health-care employees.
Burke-Gilman + Narrows + Bale Breaker
Several other breweries around the state have also offered pay-it-forward programs for health-care workers, including Burke-Gilman Brewing in Seattle, where you can buy a crowler for healthcare workers online, Tacoma’s Narrows Brewing Company and Yakima’s Bale Breaker Brewing Company.