Brew­ery shar­ing to help fire vic­tims

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Sierra Ne­vada Brew­ing has a new beer in the works and a na­tion­wide fundraiser to help re­lief ef­forts in the wake of the Camp Fire.

The brew­ery is shar­ing the recipe (and in­gre­di­ents) for the Re­silience IPA to any brew­ery that’s in­ter­ested – on the con­di­tion that the pro­ceeds from the beer are do­nated to the North­ern Cal­i­for­nia com­mu­ni­ties hit hard­est by the blaze.

“I’m send­ing a let­ter to brew­ers across the coun­try, invit­ing them to join us in a col­lab­o­ra­tion brew day on Tues­day, Nov. 27,” Sierra Ne­vada founder Ken Gross­man wrote in a post on Face­book. “We are work­ing with malt and hop sup­pli­ers to pro­vide raw in­gre­di­ent dona­tions to all par­tic­i­pat­ing brew­eries and are ask­ing those brew­eries to donate 100 per­cent of their sales, as well.”

Al­ready, hun­dreds of brew­eries have signed on (look in the Face­book com­ments for a par­tial list).

Lo­cally, that in­cludes Tioga Se­quoia Brew­ing Com­pany, Mad Duck Craft Brew­ing Co., Full Cir­cle Brew­ing Com­pany and Pine and Palm Brew­ing in Fresno; Rocky Hill Brew­ing in Ex­eter, Tur­lock’s Dust Bowl Brew­ing Co. and Bar­rel House Brew­ing from Paso Robles.

De­tails are still be­ing fi­nal­ized but Sierra Ne­vada ex­pects to have its ver­sion of the beer avail­able in cans and on draft Dec. 10.

Other ver­sions of the beer will be avail­able on tap only at the re­spec­tive brew­eries/tap­rooms around the same time.

Tioga Se­quoia is brew­ing a 15 31-gal­lon bar­rels batch Nov. 27 and hopes to have it on draft at its down­town beer gar­den between Dec. 15 and Dec. 21.

The Camp Fire has burned 236 square miles since it started Nov. 8 near the brew­ery’s home base in Chico.

The brew­ery was spared and its tap­room re­opened last week, but many of its em­ploy­ees live in com­mu­ni­ties that were dev­as­tated by the fire, Gross­man said.

“We know that the re­build­ing process will take time, but we’re in this for the long haul. Our hope is to get Re­silience IPA in tap­rooms all over the coun­try to cre­ate a good foun­da­tion for our com­mu­nity’s fu­ture,” Gross­man said in the let­ter to Cal­i­for­nia brew­eries.

Al­ready, Sierra Ne­vada has cre­ated its own re­lief fund through the Golden Val­ley Com­mu­nity Bank Foun­da­tion into which it do­nated $100,000.

You can donate di­rectly to the Sierra Ne­vada Brew­ery Camp Fire Re­lief fund at the foun­da­tion’s web­site.

Via Face­book

Sierra Ne­vada Brew­ing is shar­ing the recipe for the Re­silience IPA to any brew­ery that’s in­ter­ested – on the con­di­tion that the pro­ceeds from the beer are do­nated to the North­ern Cal­i­for­nia com­mu­ni­ties hit by the Camp Fire.

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