Florida couple launch free beer scheme to get to know neighbours

A Florida couple who wanted to get to know their neighbours amid the coronavirus pandemic launched an offer that not many refuse – free beer.

Amanda and Thomas Evans decided to move from Fort Myers to nearby Cape Coral just before the pandemic started last year.

They were not sure when they would get to meet their new neighbours.

“Luckily, we have a rescue dog that we walk around the block every day, so we met some people in passing,” she said. “Typically, you would bring people cookies or pie or invite them over for dinner, but we weren’t sure about how people were feeling,” Amanda added.

Instead, they created a flyer: “Hi, we’re new to the neighbourhood and would like to meet our lovely neighbours. We will be in our driveway with drinks, ready to meet any neighbours who would like to stop by. We can’t wait to meet you.”

Her husband wasn’t sure anyone would show up. But once the “Free Beer” sign was placed outside, the neighbours started venturing over.

“It’s always funny to see a sign on the table that says free beer, just to get people to stop and turn their head and drive by and say what did that sign just say. We had a few people do a double-take, free beer is a pretty easy way to get people to show up,” said Thomas Evans.

They say it’s a great ice-breaker for anyone who is new to a neighbourhood.