Why Is This Woman’s Beer Going Viral With Veterans?

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Sometimes, a small act of kindness can travel great distances. In this case, a picture of a Corona and a restaurant receipt has spread from Tacoma, Washington, all across the country via Facebook!

But it’s the events that made this beer so special that will warm you to your core…

This beer serves as a tribute to fallen warriors everywhere! / Via KiroTV.com

It all started when a woman came into Buffalo Wild Wings and ordered two beers. In Washington (and many other states) it’s illegal to serve someone two beers at once, which a server politely explained to her. But she said that she wouldn’t be drinking the second beer.

The Corona was for her brother who had died serving in Iraq.

The beer remained untouched for the duration of her lunch as a tribute to the fallen soldier. And when it was time to pay for her meal, the server informed her that Buffalo Wild Wings would be buying the Corona for her brother.

The woman replied to this kind gesture by writing on her check to thank the establishment, signing the note “Greatful Soldiers” [sic].


Her server, Brian Avey, took a picture of the untouched beer and the woman’s note and posted it to Facebook, where it received the warmth and attention of thousands of people from across the country. The staff of the Buffalo Wild Wings have decided to keep the beer, for none of them have the heart to throw away such a subtle yet moving tribute to our troops. The bar manager said, “Let’s keep it. Just make sure that we change out the lime every day.”


A Military Woman came into my work today for Lunch, she ordered a Blue Moon and a Corona, I told her she could only do…

Posted by Brian Avey onThursday, July 9, 2015

Different things are important to different people. To this woman, it was important to honor her fallen brother. To the staff at Buffalo Wild Wings, buying her a simple bottle of beer was important. To the Internet community, seeing such a moving act of patriotism was important. Small acts of kindness can make a world of difference in peoples’ lives.

And sometimes, a small act of kindness is the most important thing.

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Will S. is a left-handed bibliophile who now owns a cherry-red Schwinn Traveler III. On summer afternoons you can almost see his vermilion shadow passing you at great speeds.