Tomorrow, Friday March 4, Clinton Hill’s Kelso Brewery—yes, Kelso is brewed in Clinton Hill, in one of those warehouses on Waverly between Fulton and Atlantic—was scheduled to hold a blood drive on site, with each donor receiving a coupon redeemable for a pint of beer at a number of bars in Clinton Hill and elsewhere. Yesterday, the Brooklyn Paper reported that the New York Blood Center, who were to have a truck on-site for the blood drive, have pulled out, citing concern over the implications of the booze barter.
Fun fact: if you’ve made an appointment to donate blood tomorrow night at Kelso, the New York Blood Center has not yet told you not to show up. But don’t, please, as there’ll be no one there to collect your blood.
The BP reports that the Blood Center told Kelso brewmaster Kelly Taylor on Monday that they weren’t, after all, comfortable with the beer-for-blood exchange. The blood drive had been reasonably well-publicized by that point: a friend of The L had made an appointment to donate last Friday evening, via the NY Blood Center’s website, and received email confirmation shortly thereafter. Despite the Monday conversation, she has not yet received a cancellation notice; the drive is no longer listed on the Blood Center’s website. Maybe she’s just supposed to figure out on her own that the Blood Center got cold feet about associating themselves with demon local craft drink?