Free Beer for Dads

Doc’s Bar and Grill’s 38th Street location across from Seton Medical Center and the Waterloo that sat there before is known well throughout the labor & delivery ward as the place that’ll give dads a free beer with their hospital bracelet.

We had Teresa at Seton too, but I never made it across the street to enjoy the beer.

One advantage—silver lining is perhaps a better term—of having the girls in the NICU is you explore the area around the hospital more. The cafeteria is fine and has enough of a selection to get you through the normal hospital stay, but after a week, it gets repetitive.

In this case, we needed food later, after the cafeteria closed. Going to Doc’s to pick up some food, they notice my bracelet and offered a beer. Looking closer, “why do you have two? One for each day or something?”. “Nope, I have twins up in the NICU.”

Turning to the manager, our bartender said “Did you hear that? Twins!”. “Give him a shot too; he needs it.”

Tried the new-to-me Guns and Oil Maverick Lager with a shot of Patrón.
Tried the new-to-me Guns and Oil Maverick Lager with a shot of Patrón.

It took the edge off of a long day. While Dads are no greater than third when childbirth is involved, it was a nice treat that has won me over to think of Doc’s favorably.

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5 responses to “Free Beer for Dads

  1. Amelia Avatar

    You absolutely must stop in at Anderson’s for a great cup of coffee.

  2. Dan Hauk Avatar

    This is awesome. I love hearing stories like this about local businesses giving back to the community. Do they offer a beer to moms too? They need it more than the dads!

    1. Brandon Kraft Avatar

      Free milkshake for mom!

  3. Patti Goertz Avatar

    Good for you, Brandon! Also, tell Vanessa you are all in our prayers….hang in there!

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