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Free beer? This Texas brewery will give it away during the government shutdown

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The federal government shutdown has caused a lot of headaches, even for breweries.

One Tarrant County brewery is waiting to open, but Dallas favorite Deep Ellum Brewing Company isn’t going to let the shutdown stop the beer from flowing.

The new Funkytown Fermatorium opening at 611 University Drive on March 1 needs approval from the federal Tax & Trade Bureau to sell beer. If the lack of federal employees delays the paperwork, the simple solution is to give the beer away, the brewery announced this week.

That’s right. Free beer. In Fort Worth.

Deep Ellum made the announcement on Facebook.

“Regardless where you stand, or what you believe, there are a lot of innocent people & businesses being affected by all this nonsense. That’s why we’ve decided to open our doors regardless of the Tax & Trade Bureau’s approval,” the post read. “Unlike our elected officials, I don’t find it right to sideline employees while the government keeps trying to put the FUN in dysfunctional.”

The post goes on to say “While I’d love to just pull the blinds and do some good old fashioned bootlegging, we’ve decided to just give the beer away until the shutdown ends.”

Facebook users quickly commented on the brewery’s post, mostly tagging friends who might be interested in a free pint.

Robbie Hoover tagged a friend saying “another reason to move here.”

“We having beer for lunch March 1st though?” Rowan Kratz asked.

A grand opening for the Fort Worth location is planned for March 1. The taproom and kitchen is across the street from J & J Oyster Bar, a short walk from the West Seventh District on University and will serve North Texas favorites like the Dallas Blonde ale, the Deep Ellum IPA and the Neato Bandito. Wood-fired pizzas and Fort Worth-exclusive beers will also be available.

Facebook posts of the Fermatorium’s interior boast plenty of seating with a central U-shaped bar. A “Deep Ellum Brewing FTW” sing is ready to install, and the formally white building now stands out with a bright yellow side, contrasted by black paint and a large “Fermatormium” logo.

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Luke Ranker covers the intersection of people and government focused on Fort Worth and Tarrant County. He came to Texas from the plains of Kansas, where he wrote about a lot, including government, crime and courts in Topeka. He survived a single winter in Pennsylvania as a breaking news reporter. He can be reached at 817-390-7747 or lranker@star-telegram.com.
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