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Buying This Beer Will Send 100% Of Proceeds To Hurricane Irma Relief

Hurricane Irma came and went, but the destruction still lingers. As the country has banded together to help with relief efforts, a popular California brewery is providing aid in the best way it can — by selling beer.

Golden Road Brew just released the “Sunshine State” beer, and 100 percent of its proceeds will be sent to aid Habitat for Humanity of Florida, and H.A.L.O. Rescue.

The beer will be a blonde ale infused with blood orange for strong citrus flavors and aromas.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit designed to help rebuild  houses, while H.A.L.O. provides rescue efforts for abused or abandoned animals. Golden Road felt both organizations were worthy of teaming with, saying:

“Sunshine State is our small way of taking our passion for beer and bringing people together to lend a hand in this time of need.We hope this effort will provide much needed aid to those individuals and families that were so dramatically impacted, helping them rebuild their lives and get back on their feet as quickly as possible.”

The beer will only be sold on draft at both of Golden Road’s Los Angeles locations, and its Anaheim location, as well.

If you’ve been looking for a way to help out in the aftermath of recent terrifying hurricanes, this might be the perfect way to do so, and try a new Golden Road brew at the same time.

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Japanese Liquor Brand Suntory Gives Back To Hurricane Victims

Suntory Holdings, makers of U.S. brands Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, recently committed $1 million to support the American Red Cross with recovery efforts in communities that have been impacted by the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

“Suntory’s vision of Growing for Good is built on core values that include giving back to society. It is in that spirit that we want to support relief and recovery for those impacted by these devastating hurricanes,” said president and CEO Takeshi Niinami via a statement. “Our thoughts are with the families, communities and our partners impacted by these massive storms.”

In addition to the Japanese company’s donation, Beam Suntory – a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings – has also contributed more than $100,000 to support employee assistance funds established by its largest distributor partners, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and the Republic National Distributing Company, as well as the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. Beam Suntory is also matching the hurricane relief donations of its U.S. employees. Another Suntory Holdings company, Pepsi Bottling Ventures has made a monetary donation to the American Red Cross and will also be providing access to water and other supplies.

Suntory’s business in the United States includes Chicago-based Beam Suntory, the world’s third largest premium spirits company, and North Carolina-based Pepsi Bottling Ventures, the largest privately-held bottler for Pepsi-Cola products in North America. Beam Suntory’s operations include the Cruzan Rum distillery in the U.S Virgin Islands, which were in the path of Hurricane Irma.

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Pizza Hut Threatens To Punish Employees Evacuating From Hurricane Irma

Jacksonville, Florida Pizza Hut prepares to protect it’s profits from Hurricane Irma over it’s workers (x-post r/weather)

When a devastating hurricane is about to pass through your state, the last thing you want to worry about is getting in trouble at work, but a Florida Pizza Hut put its employees in an uncomfortable position, as it set some evacuation rules that seemed a bit unreasonable.

A photo appeared on Reddit, showing this Pizza Hut’s employee evacuation guidelines from a Jacksonville store, and it started off by saying, “Our #1 priority is the safety and security of our team, but…” and that “BUT” was a huge one.

Apparently the Pizza Hut planned to stay open between six to 12 hours before the storm hit, so if employees didn’t request that day off to evacuate, they had to come in, or else face “no call/no show documentation.” On top of that, employees were not able to evacuate too early, and only had a 24-hour grace period from being scheduled a shift. In other words, if someone wanted to evacuate Thursday, before the heart of the storm hit Sunday, they would not be able to, or else the store would reprimand them.

If by grace, you did get that evacuation request granted, you’d have to return within 72 hours, and that part of the statement was in bold.

Of course that’s ridiculous and it didn’t take long for the Pizza Hut to get dragged by angry Twitter users who saw the guidelines:






Thankfully, Pizza Hut corporate responded to the outcry, apologized, and confirmed that they “addressed the situation with the manager involved. Pizza Hut’s statement read:

“We are uncompromising in our commitment to the safety and well-being of our team members. All locations in the path of Irma are closed and will remain closed until local authorities deem the area safe. We absolutely do not have a policy that dictates when team members can leave or return from a disaster, and the manager who posted this letter did not follow company guidelines. We can also confirm that the local franchise operator has addressed this situation with the manager involved.”

Thankfully the big guns upstairs stepped in, because if anything happened to any of the employees trying to flee the Irma’s destructive path as a result of those strict employee guidelines, this could have been a much worse story.