One of Scofflaw Brewing’s beers is Sneaky Wheat. CONTRIBUTED
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Atlanta brewery causes a stir with ‘Free beer for Trump supporters’ stunt

UK’s Brewdog canceled events with Scofflaw Brewing after controversy

Scottish craft brewery BrewDog has canceled planned events with Atlanta’s Scofflaw Brewing after the latter’s marketing stunt backfired.

Scofflaw, which was set to participate in a series of events this weekend along with BrewDog, issued a press release to publications in the UK announcing that the "self confessed trailer trash brewery" would get the UK "beered up redneck style completely free of charge", The Scotsman reports. It added: "But there is a hook...you have to be a Trump supporter."

After backlash on social media, BrewDog tweeted that it had no prior knowledge of Scofflaw’s promotion and that it would be canceling planned events and “sending all the beer back.”

BrewDog then tweeted that it would run a promotion offering free beer to anyone who “supports LOVE not hate.” 

For its part, Scofflaw tweeted that it also had no prior knowledge of the promotion and was working with its PR company to “fix this error.”

Brewdog and Scofflaw initially announced a partnership in late 2017, giving Scofflaw access to the brewing and canning operation at BrewDog USA’s new state-of-the-art U.S. headquarters near Columbus, Ohio.

The agreement, which was reached by James Watt, co-founder and CEO at BrewDog, and Matt Shirah, co-founder and president of Scofflaw,  includes an expansion that will increase Scofflaw’s capacity to 30,000 barrels annually at its Atlanta brewery.

Scofflaw is the latest Atlanta brewery to come under fire of late due to political issues. Monday Night Brewing received some negative attention on social media earlier this month after agreeing to host an event for Republican gubernatorial candidate Brain Kemp. 

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