As Restaurant Industry Falters, American Beer Legends Donate $1 Million to Bartenders

What lies in wait for us on the other side of this mess?  Is there a “normal” life resting patiently across the COVID-19 chasm?  What will be left of our economy when this is all said and done?

These questions have been ringing loudly and true for a number of Americans this week, as they begin to realize that the real dangers of COVID-19 could be coming well after the medical threat has passed.

The service industry has been hit particularly hard by the need for social distancing, with most restaurants around the nation working in only a carry-out capacity at this time.  That means that waiters and bartenders are not working, and might not be for some time.

That’s where Miller-Coors decided it was time to step in and lend a helping hand.

Taps are off, but tips are needed. That’s the message from Miller officials — donating $1 million to support bartenders out of work due to the coronavirus.

The announcement was made on the Miller Lite Twitter page on March 20.

The donation was made to the USBG (United States Bartenders Guild) National Charity Foundation’s Bartender Emergency Assistance program. The organization set up a “Virtual Tip Jar” to help bartenders not working after Governor Tony Evers ordered bars and restaurants to close except for carryout or delivery in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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