As restaurants and bars around Seattle adjust to the statewide takeout and delivery-only mandate due to coronavirus measures, two local breweries are getting resourceful with their takeout plans. They’ll feature free toilet paper prominently.
The lauded Seapine Brewing Company in SoDo plans to open its doors Saturday, selling growlers and kegs for curbside pickup — and those who buy a 64-ounce growler will get a roll of toilet paper (while supplies last).
Meanwhile, Georgetown’s Lowercase Brewing is hosting a toilet paper exchange, in which customers can get two rolls free, or donate excess roles to receive a 50 percent-off voucher for a future visit. Sort of like a bathroom supply co-op. Washington Beer Blog first reported on the events.
Seapine’s effort will be the first time the brewery has ever sold kegs to the public — the toilet paper is just a bonus. Owner Drew Colpitts tells Eater Seattle the brewery happened to have purchased a couple of commercial cases Sunday, but due to the order earlier this week to close the taproom, there was no use for them. Seapine will also insist on filling only new growlers to avoid cross-contamination, and offer a number of their IPAs (Citra and Positron), along with the floral Candle Fly Kolsch. “If it goes well, we’ll do more [events like this],” says Colpitts.
Meanwhile, Lowercase isn’t doing any beer sales with its toilet paper exchange from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at its Airport Way location, oddly enough (even though curbside pickup and takeout for sealed beer containers is allowed in Washington for licensed breweries). But it will serve sell some cold brew coffee and cold brew recipes, in addition to the toilet paper drive-thru.
Toilet paper giveaways seem to have caught on elsewhere in the country, with an L.A. taco restaurant, a Southern-Asian restaurant in Austin, and an Atlanta restaurant trying out the idea, as shoppers clear out store shelves in the U.S. But this seems to be the rare instance of breweries getting in on the action.
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As a small, local taproom we do more than just serve beer, we foster community. So, with that in mind we would like to announce the first-ever (and hopefully last) Lowercase toilet paper exchange! Here’s the skinny: - This Saturday from 9 to noon we will be hosting a drive-thru toilet paper exchange - Out of precious TP? Come get up to two rolls free of charge per person. Seriously. - Have some extra stock? Donate excess rolls and turn them into future beer. For every donation, receive a 50% off “Poupon” for a future visit. Turns out we are not made out of toilet paper. We have a bit of a stock to start, but this only works if we have an equal number givers and takers... so let’s do our dooty, people… and help each other out! In addition, because all our precious coffee shops are closed, we will be selling our cold brew concentrate to help everyone power through. Bring a clean container and we will set you up with some delicious cold brew. We will even provide some recipes for how to best use it! Coffee and TP… a match made in heaven! We are all in this together folks. In the words of the great Dr. Suess, “When something bad happens, you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let is destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.” ... Let’s show this virus that humanity will prevail!
- Seapine Brewing Company [Official]
- Lowercase Brewing [Official]
- Toilet Paper and Beer, Two of Life’s Necessities Come Together This Saturday [Washington Beer Blog]
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