Coronavirus: Free beer for healthcare workers dries up brewery, causes traffic jams in Winnipeg – Winnipeg


Winnipeggers who found themselves in a long line of cars on Kenaston Boulevard during rush hour Thursday can be assured it was for a good cause – free beer.
And even better? It was free beer offered as a thank you to healthcare workers.

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The Trans Canada Brewing Co. had hoped to continue distributing home brews to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic until Sunday, but company spokesman Mike Raftis says they may have. be underestimated the popularity of free beer. turn out to be.

“We’re just out of beer,” Raftis told 680 CJOB on Friday morning.

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Raftis says Trans Canada ultimately donated just over 25,000 cans of beer – about 10.0000 liters of foam – between 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.

“It’s a bit of beer,” Raftis concedes, adding that the company had to open another batch to meet demand.

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“We only estimated around 20,000 cans and had to tap into another stock that we had just to keep distributing it,” he says. ” The response was way above what we expected which was great.

Each healthcare worker received a free eight-pack of beers after showing a valid ID, and as the word spread throughout the day the lineup of cars grew. eventually extending nearly two miles from the brewery at 1290 Kenaston. Blvd. all the way north to Grant Avenue.

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Although that did mean that some of the regular Trans Canada customers who stopped by to pick up food orders spent a little more time in the brewery’s parking lot than they expected, Raftis says. on the whole people were understanding.

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And the response from health workers was worth it, he adds.

“It was overwhelming,” he said.

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“That was it, from ‘it’s the happiest day of my life’ to people who were in tears because they had just come off a long shift and were already on the verge of sinkhole and very tired.

“We were completely surprised and overwhelmed by this.

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