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Brewery goes anti-Trump

Brewery goes anti-Trump

An offer of free beer to supporters of President Donald Trump has sparked an international brouhaha. Scottish craft brewery BrewDog cancelled a series of planned events with US brewery Scofflaw in the United Kingdom after a statement issued on behalf of the American company promised free beer to supporters of Trump. The statement said Scofflaw would get UK drinkers "beered up redneck style completely free of charge," before adding, "you have to be a Trump supporter," according to The Scotsman newspaper. BrewDog, a brewery and bar chain that's renowned for its punk rock attitude and liberal politics, responded to online criticism of the promotion by cancelling the events. "The Scofflaw release was announced without our knowledge or consent," BrewDog said on Twitter. "We are in no way aligned with their position. We care about beer and people. Not hate." So, they were clear on their point. That supporting Trump was tantamount to hate and this could not be guzzled down. The brewery's founders are vocal critics of Trump, having produced beer called "Make Earth Great Again" to protest the President's 2017 decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. In 2017, BrewDog announced plans to open a temporary bar on the US-Mexico border, featuring the words "Make Beer Not Walls." "Scofflaw Brewing Co. is appalled by the inaccurate posts released yesterday morning by a UK agency that Scofflaw hired to promote its UK tour," the US brewer said in the statement Friday. "Those posts were released without Scofflaw's knowledge or approval." Brewery owner Matt Shirah said in the statement, "While we definitely have country roots, no one at Scofflaw Brewing or those associated with our brand, is now or has ever been, rooted in hate. We do not tolerate hate, that's just idiotic." Frank acknowledged the mistake."We apologise to Scofflaw, BrewDog and anyone that may have been offended by these actions." The employee who released information about the Trump promotion was suspended pending an investigation, Frank said. Meanwhile, BrewDog has announced a new promotion to keep up spirits. The brewery, based in Ellon, just north of Aberdeen, will offer "free beers for people who stand for hope, not hate." Any patron who proclaims to be "a lover not a hater" to bar staff this weekend at select BrewDog bars will receive a free pint, BrewDog said in a statement. "Collaboration and inclusivity are at the heart of what we do, which we felt (and still do) stand in direct contrast with the views of the Trump administration's plans to build a wall, "BrewDog said. "That's why we'd never offer a discount to those supporting Trump...We will continue to care about people, and beer, not hate."

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