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Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Pay It Furloughed initiative. Because of your generosity, thousands of furloughed federal employees and contractors were able to enjoy a locally made craft beer during the shutdown.

The beers remaining in the fund are now sitting on virtual ice, and will be made available again during the next shutdown (which we hope doesn't come anytime soon).

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Pay It Furloughed Day - Thursday Jan 24th

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Your generous donation will ensure a federal worker or contractor, who is either furloughed or working without pay, will enjoy free local craft beers.

For corporate sponsorship, please contact [email protected]

The beers remaining in the fund are now sitting on virtual ice, and will be made available again during the next shutdown (which we hope doesn't come anytime soon).

© 2019. Developed by 3Advance.

Pay It Furloughed Day is a nationwide call to action for Americans to buy furloughed federal employees a much-needed beer during these stressful times. Each of these locations is hosting an exclusive event to celebrate this cause and help raise awareness for Pay It Furloughed’s mission. Federal workers, government contractors, and everyday Americans alike can share beers in solidarity, while enjoying some camaraderie and community. Pabst Blue Ribbon is lending its voice and reach to take our D.C.-area initiative to a nationwide philanthropy effort. If you can't make one of these events, you can always donate to the cause online.


Golden Gopher @ 3-9pm
417 W. 8th St. Los Angeles, CA 90014

Highwater @ 5-10pm
1910 Q Street, Sacramento, CA 95818


Bannock Street Garage Bar @ 5pm
1015 Bannock Steet, Denver, Co 80204


The Wonderland Ballroom @ 5pm
1101 Kenyon Street NW, Washington, DC 20010


Gramps @ 5-9pm
176 NW 24th St. Miami, FL 33127

The Bricks @ 4pm
1327 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605


Elliot Street Pub @ 4-7pm
51 Elliott St SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30313


The Spacebar @ 7.30-9.30pm
2590 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202

Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails @ 4.30-6.30pm
73 E Gay Street, Columbus OH 43215


Bobcat Bonnie's - Ferndale Location @ 7pm
240 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220


BAR 169 @ 1-7pm
169 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002


Asheville Yacht Club @ 6pm
87 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Bull’s Tavern @ 5-7pm
408 W 4th St Winston Salem, NC 27101

VBGB @ 5-7pm
920 Hamilton St, Charlotte, NC 28206


The Griffon @ 4-6pm
18 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC, 29401


The Crying Wolf @ 11am-8pm
823 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206


Anvil Pub @ 5-8pm
2638 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226

Lilly & Bloom @ 5.30-8pm
110 Main St, Houston TX 77002

Cottonmouth Club @ 5.30-8pm
108 Main St, Houston TX 77002


Bait Shop @ 4-8pm
606 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102


Pabst Milwaukee Tap Room @ 4-11pm
1037 West Juneau Avenue
Milwaukee WI 53233

Pay It Furloughed Day - Thursday Jan 24th

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Why are we doing this?
We are frustrated by the lack of leadership in Washington, D.C. and the negative impact the government shutdown is having on hundreds of thousands of our friends, neighbors, and members of our community, as well as local businesses. So we want to step up and help them out as best we can. Free beer is a great way to pick people up when they’re feeling down. Pay It Furloughed is a collaborative partnership between Mess Hall, food writer Nevin Martell and PR firm Quixotic.

I’m a federal employee/contractor. How do I score free beer?
Look at the live tracker on the homepage. If there are beers available, you can walk into any of the participating local breweries in the Washington, D.C. area during their business hours to claim a beer by showing valid federal identification. You must be 21+ years old.

Is there a maximum number of free beers I can claim?
Nope. You're welcome to make a day of it. Please drink responsibly, and don't drink and drive. We and our partners reserve right to limit service.

How much beer is available?
The counter on the homepage provides a real-time tally of all the beers available.

When are the breweries / partners open?
Atlas Brew Works is open Monday through Thursday 4pm – 10pm, Friday 4pm – 11pm, Saturday 11am –11pm, Sunday 11am – 10pm.

DC Brau is open Thursday 4pm – 9 pm, Friday 3pm – 11pm, Saturday, 12pm – 8 pm, and Sunday 12pm – 6 pm.

Shop Made in DC is participating Monday - Friday 11am - 8pm, and Saturday - Sunday 11am - 6pm.

3 Stars Brewing Company is open Tuesday - Friday 4pm - 9pm,
Saturday 1pm - 7pm, and Sunday 12pm - 6pm.

Right Proper Brookland Production House + Tasting Room is participating Monday - Friday 4pm - 9pm, and Saturday - Sunday 12pm - 9pm.

I’m a federal employee/contractor, but haven’t been furloughed or forced to work without pay. Can I still score free beer?
To access the available beers, all you need to do is show a valid federal identification and prove you’re 21+ years old. Our intention is to help those who have been furloughed, working without pay, or suffering a hardship related to the shutdown. We ask that you abide by the honor code to allow those in need receive this benefit.

I’m a D.C. brewery owner and I want to be a part of this.
Email us at [email protected]. Please include a contact name and phone number, and will will contact you ASAP.

Are you on social media?
Absolutely. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. #PayItFurloughed

Can I buy food for federal employees, too?
If you would like us to send a caterer or a food truck to a brewery or other area of concentrated furloughed feds, please contact us at [email protected]

Will you expand beyond D.C.?
With the support of Pabst we created Pay It Fuloughed Day on January 24th with official events in over 25 cities across the United States. For venues, click here. We are also in the process of rolling out to other major cities. Check back for new cities and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PayItFurloughed

I want to do something more to help furloughed federal employees/contractors and/or D.C. area small businesses.
Email us at [email protected]. Share your idea and your contact info.

I’m a member of the press and want to contact you for a story.
Email Erick Sanchez of Quixotic at [email protected]. Please put “Pay It Furloughed” in the subject line.

Where does the money go?
The money goes directly to the brewery where the the beer is redeemed. The price covers the cost of the beer, including 10% D.C. sales tax, credit card processing fees, and website maintenance.

What happens after the furlough ends?
Federal employees/contractors will be able to continue tapping into the beer reserve for 7 days after they receive their back paychecks.

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