MILKSHAKES FOR HOMERS

Houston burger joint offers free milkshake for every Astros playoff home run

Houston burger joint offers free milkshake for every Astros playoff home run
Want a shake? Root for homers. Becca Wright

Originally appeared on CultureMap/Houston. See the full story here.

One Houston restaurant wants to give Astros fans a little reward for all those Springer dingers and Bregman bombs. The Burger Joint will give away milkshakes for every home run the team hits during the 2018 postseason.

The offer is pretty simple. Every person dining or in line at The Burger Joint will receive a certificate for one free milkshake when any Astros player hits a home run through the end of the season (dine in only).

"We have a special Crush City Creamsicle Shake made with vanilla ice cream, Minute Maid orange juice reduction, topped with orange zest and orange sprinkles that is available throughout the playoff run that will pair nicely with an Astros home run," Burger Joint owner Shawn Bermudez tells CultureMap. "We wanted to reward our customers watching the game with us by showing them just how well they go together, but customers aren’t required to cash in right away and can choose whatever shake their heart desires."

Considering the Astros hit 27 homers on their way to a World Series title in 2017, the restaurant could wind up giving away hundreds of them if the team becomes the first back-to-back champions in 20 years. "We hope they hit 40 this year," Bermudez adds. 

Since they won't be at the restaurant during the games, Astros players may not be eligible for the offer, but they're definitely fans of the restaurant. Shortstop Carlos Correa and fiancee Daniella Rodriguez even gave the establishment a shoutout in a recent article in Houston Hotel magazine.  

Maybe the offer should be extended to the people who hit home runs, too.

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