Red Men and American Legion 'rival' for bottle capsIt’s pretty clear what will happen as a result of drinking too much beer, but Miller High Life is about to give people a new perspective on the alcoholic beverage.
By: Regan Carstensen, The Republican Eagle
It’s pretty clear what will happen as a result of drinking too much beer, but Miller High Life is about to give people a new perspective on the alcoholic beverage.
Caps and aluminum tabs from beer bottles and cans are being gathered together in bars throughout the country — all for a good cause.
For the second year, Miller High Life is holding its “Give a Veteran a Piece of the High Life” program. For every tab turned in, the company will donate 10 cents to “high life experiences” for returning veterans, which would include paying for soldiers to get into sporting events, concerts and outdoor adventures.
“It’s very nice that alcohol is doing something positive instead of always being looked on as the evil,” Red Wing Red Men Club bar manager Barbie Glaus said.
Locally, the American Legion and Red Men Club are collecting like crazy, filling everything from clear gallon jugs to large plastic snack containers with the small silver tabs.
“We ran out of containers,” said Franny Hayman, kitchen manager at the Red Wing American Legion. “We’ve resorted to ice cream buckets.”
While the program is open to all bars, a little bit of friendly competition is what helped the Legion and the Red Men Club get very into their collecting.
“The guys that were members of both would come in and say, ‘Barbie, the Legion’s getting ahead of you,’” Glaus said. “It’s been kind of a game for the two clubs, but both clubs get along super well so it’s been fun.”
The bartenders and club staff aren’t the only ones trying to contribute.
“Now the customers are getting into it too,” Glaus added. Some of her regulars who usually drink a different brand of beer have switched to Miller High Life to help the cause.
At noon today, the Legion and Red Men Club will combine their tabs in the gravel parking lot partway between both buildings as Miller comes to weigh the bunch.
Veterans won’t be the only ones to benefit from the loads of tabs collected.
“They go right to the Ronald McDonald House once they’re weighed,” Hayman said of the recyclable aluminum. “So it’s a win-win.”
The Ronald McDonald House program offers families a free or inexpensive place to stay when they have a hospitalized child and want to be nearby.
To help get as many qualifying caps and tabs as it can, the Red Men Club has been selling 16-ounce Miller High Life beers for $2.50 instead of the regular $3 price.
Collections began after Memorial Day and were set to end on Labor Day, but the weigh-in was pushed back to Sept. 14, allowing a little extra time to gather more up for a good cause.
“They’re all gung ho to let us collect as long as we can,” Glaus said.