Flu shots come with free beer at Missoula brewery


Dr. Kyle Austin administers a flu vaccination to Amy Moore, an in-home physical therapist assistant, at Cranky Sam Public House on Friday afternoon. Austin’s mobile pharmacy Pharm406 has been traveling around the state to various businesses offering vaccinations. Customers received a coupon for free beer after receiving their vaccine.

BEN ALLAN SMITH, Missoulian David Erickson

In an effort to boost immunization, Cranky Sam Public House held a “Get a brew, not the flu” event on Friday afternoon at their downtown brewery.

Kyle Austin, a pharmacist with Pharm406 in Billings, traveled here to administer about 200 doses of the vaccine. In exchange for getting a flu shot, which is covered by most insurance, Cranky Sam gave everyone a coupon for a free beer.

Jennifer Heggen, co-owner at Cranky Sam, said she saw media coverage of a flu shot/free beer event in Bozeman and thought it would be a good idea here too. She invited Austin to set up in a corner of the taphouse on Friday afternoon.

“So we got together and here we are,” she said.

Austin, for his part, said he knows breweries

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