Businesses Offer Free Beer, Coffee During Gov't Shutdown

Updated: 10/09/2013 11:07 AM By: Jennie Olson

Photo: MGN Online
Photo: MGN Online

More St. Paul restaurants are giving federal workers a break in the form of free beer.

Eight restaurants are joining the city’s Tuesday Brews Day promotion while the shutdown continues: Alary’s, American Burger Bar, Bennett’s Chop and Railhouse, Burger Moe’s, Cherokee Tavern, Eagle Street Grille, the Liffey, and Tom Reid’s.

If you’re a government worker on furlough, show your federal ID to get a free bottle or pint of beer on a Tuesday.

There are about 19,000 federal workers in Minnesota.

If coffee is more your thing, Starbucks has an offer for you. The company wants customers to set an example for Congress on how to resolve political gridlock, so it’s giving away a free tall coffee to anyone who buys another person a beverage.

The offer goes from Wednesday through Friday.

A retail analyst says the offer won’t likely do much to change attitudes in Washington but could make for great marketing.