Maybe I'm just living in a filter bubble, is this actually common at tech companies?
Note that there's unwritten etiquette around the consumption of alcohol in the office - don't get sloppy or obnoxious, save it for lunch / the end of the day / Friday afternoon (varies from company to company), use common sense. No one arrives in the morning and helps themselves to a tasty pint during the morning stand-up.
Frankly, I don't see the fuss. After just a single beer I don't really feel like carrying on with my work. It's nice, but it's not something I'd miss and since people rarely seem to carry on working after a bottle of beer I'd rather just either head home or for the team to head out and have a drink at a pub.
It's more a ploy to make the job seem better than it is to twenty-something developers.
But back in the dotcom bubble the startup I was at had beer in the pop machine on Fridays.
Now I work at home and have a beer fridge just outside my home office door.
I wonder if we will see 420 friendly companies in WA and CO in the near future.
No one gets "drunk" but it's a nice way to wind down the day.