Connecticut's breweries and brew pubs are reaching out to members of the Connecticut Army and Connecticut National Guard, along with other federal employees, who have been furloughed during the recent government shutdown.
Several businesses will offer discounts and deals to affected employees. Among the participants: Back East Brewing in Bloomfield, Broad Brook Brewing in East Windsor, Cambridge House Brew Pub in Granby, City Steam Brewery Cafe in Hartford, Shebeen Brewing in Wolcott, Two Roads Brewing Co. in Stratford, Tullycross Tavern in Manchester and Willimantic Brewing Co. in Willimantic. Promotions vary; see ctbeertrail.net for details.
"We wanted to do something to help out our local military," said Bryon Turner, founder of the CT Beer Trail, in a statement. "It may not be much, but a great meal and a hand crafted beer at a deep discount might brighten the moods of our men and women in uniform while reminding them that we are all thankful for their dedicated work and selfless sacrifices."
Employees wishing to take advantage of the discounts must provide identification and proof, in accordance with the participants' conditions.