Quick Hits – Westbrook Beer Denied Access To US House Floor, Goose Island Nixes Free Beer Promotion

The beer biz never sleeps at American Craft Beer. And here’s more of what’s been happening in the beer world while you were drinking your way through the weekend.

Lowcountry Craft Beer Tries To Crash US House (Washington, DC) – First District Congressman Joe Cunningham inadvertently attempted to break a long-standing congressional rule by bringing craft beer onto the House floor according to WCIV News.

In an attempt to schmooze his way onto the House Small Brewers Caucus, Congressman Cunningham tried to enter the chamber with several cans of craft beer from South Carolina including Westbrook’s White Thai and One Coast Brewing’s Dead Arm Pale Ale.

Congressman Cunningham’s beer barrage was in the end successful. And even though he was unable to bring his craft beer offering to the floor, he was appointed a permanent member of the bi-partisan House Small Brewers Caucus anyway.


Words To Drink By (Charleston, SC) – “”Any kind of recognition that you can bring to the craft beer industry in Charleston is good for us.”  Brendan Webb / Westbrook Brewing


Goose Island’s Gets Blocked on Its “Free Beer for Winning Kick” Promotion (Chicago, IL) – In an effort to show solidarity with Bears kicker, Cody Parkey’s failed 43 yard field-goal attempt, Goose Island announced that it would erect a goal at is brewery and award those who could make the kick with free beer for a year.

But the initial prize of a free case of Goose Island beer each week for a year ran afoul of an Illinois law that forbids breweries from giving beer away. So according to the Chicago Tribune, the brewery changed the free beer offer to two tickets to any NFL in 2019 for everyone who successfully completed that now infamous 43 yard kick at the brewery over the weekend.

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