No, they won't (Or At Least Shouldn't) give you a free meal or a free beer for being a stockholder. If you sit at the bar they might give you one on the house for being a good person. Happy hour mug= $2.75 You could get drunk for under ten bucks...... Woo Hoo.
I lived in SF for a number of years and PMID is similar to GCFB, but the food isn't nearly as good. PMID has a main brewery in Berkley CA.
I do own a long position in GCFB, but do not have any position in PMID.
Pyramid's beer (especially their Hefeweissen) is a really good brew.
I'm happy to see GCFB this summer did a hefeweissen, and their beers are generally damn good. I am a twin cities native, and recently moved back here after first being exposed to GCFB in Davenport, IA, where I was living. I really like their beer, and I'm a bit of a beer snob. The IPA is very hoppy and good if you like that, the stout is a classic tasting stout, and even the maibock is pretty good.
Also, a 25-oz beer @ $3.25 (mug club members) is a fricking steal. I bought my mug club membership when I moved to Davenport (which doesn't have a ton of good bar/restaurants), and since have racked up a ton of discounts on the 10% off food and $3.25 mug club beers. Now that I'm back in MN I won't go as often, but it's a super cheap watering hole, and the St. Louis Park (converted Timber Lodge!) is convenient enough. I consider them a direct Champps competitor, but Champps doesn't have their own beer.
I'm debating sinking some money in here, but restaurants are usually dogs. Still, BWLD, another MN chain, took off like a rocket. Champps used to be public as I recall, but went private. With a small market cap and a proven process, I think that they could really pan out, but the lack of profitability near-term worries me a bit.
Brewing capacity would be a major issue to their bottling also, at least in the short term.
Some quick math, in Honda's 16 Nov 2005 post he stated that the worthouse was at 30% capacity (10 stores being supplied), so roughly 34 stores could be supported at 100%.
We're at 18 stores now, expect another 7-8 in '08 (26) and likely another 7 after that, to hit 34 restaurants.
If GC were to bottle, they'd have to do it now, as they should be planning on having another worthouse online in less than 2 years, just using my fuzzy math.
Bottling would be more feasible in another 2-3 years when the next worthouse is operational, and the chain has grow out off the midwest. By then extra worthouse capacity could be utilized for bottling without taxing the system.
I'm guessing you are talking about IHop. That will be a wait and see with the addition of Apple.
As far as GC...? I don't know of another restaurant with their own micro brew. Other than the advantage from a business stand point it clearly sets them apart for consumer appeal.
Personally, I don't usually drink beer with my meals. If I were to eat out at GC? I could see myself drinking one or two each time I went. It would be part of the experience.