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Suds for Sandy victims • Brooklyn Paper

Suds for Sandy victims

Sweet relief: Peter Westgard and Stephanie Sabelli, managers at Brooklyn Tap House, demonstate the power of donating a dollar per beer to relief efforts.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

Make that one for my baby, and one for the hurricane victims!

The Brooklyn Tap House in Bedford-Stuyvesant is offering its customers a post-Sandy special that’s bound to make beer lovers who want to make a difference buy a round for the house: for every beer sold, the owner will donate $1 to the Red Cross.

“The other manager and myself wanted to help, but we are here all the time, so we started thinking about how we could help from where we are,” said Brooklyn Tap House manager Stephanie Sabelli. “It turned out that the owners felt the same way.”

The bar started collecting donations three days after the storm, and have so far raised more than $2,500, turning brew-lovers into philanthropists in the process.

“People come in here really excited,” said Sabelli. “And when the transportation was down and they couldn’t go anywhere, they were more than happy to come in and help out.”

But you don’t have to be a drinker to get in on the giving.

The Tap House also has an ongoing food drive, and has collected hundreds of cans of food and delivered them to donation centers across the borough.

“It’s great to see people being so generous,” Sabelli said.

Brooklyn Tap House [590 Myrtle Ave. between Taaffe Place and Classon Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, (917) 202–1801, www.brooklyntaphouse.com].

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at DFurfaro@cnglocal.com

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