Craft brew­eries team up to as­sist Camp Fire Re­lief Fund

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - BY DANIEL HARTIS

Craft brew­ers pride them­selves on their orig­i­nal­ity, but this month sev­eral around town will tap a beer brewed with the same recipe and in­gre­di­ents.

These lo­cal brew­ers and more than a thou­sand oth­ers across the coun­try have teamed up to brew Re­silience Butte County Proud IPA, with all of the pro­ceeds from that beer ben­e­fit­ing the Camp Fire Re­lief Fund. The cam­paign was spear­headed by Sierra Ne­vada Brew­ing Co. in Chico, Calif., a town that’s about 15 min­utes west of Par­adise, which suf­fered the most de­struc­tion from last month’s Camp Fire. In ad­di­tion to do­nat­ing all pro­ceeds from the beer, Sierra Ne­vada is also cov­er­ing the cost of in­gre­di­ents for brew­ers who signed up to brew the beer prior to Dec. 7.

Sierra Ne­vada and many oth­ers brewed the beer on Giv­ing Tues­day, which was the Tues­day fol­low­ing Thanks­giv­ing. The global move­ment en­cour­ages in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses alike to give back to the char­i­ties of their choice. On that same day, NoDa Brew­ing Co. founders Todd and Suzie Ford ac­cepted an award for Out­stand­ing Phil­an­thropic Small Busi­ness at the Na­tional Phi­lan­thropy Day awards lun­cheon, pre­sented by the Char­lotte chap­ter of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Fundrais­ing Pro­fes­sion­als.

Suzie Ford, who grew up in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area, didn’t think twice about adding an­other char­i­ta­ble ef­fort.

“Grow­ing up in Cal­i­for­nia, sadly, wild­fires and earthquakes are com­mon­place,” Ford said, “but a fire of this mag­ni­tude is even more heart­break­ing than nor­mal be­cause it’s not nor­mal. We al­ways strive to do good in our com­mu­nity and world.”

Dan Wade, co-founder and head brewer at Wooden Ro­bot Brew­ery in South End, said he and his staff felt the same de­sire to give back.

“We chose to par­tic­i­pate in the Re­silience IPA brew be­cause it is im­por­tant to us that we are re­spon­si­ble mem­bers of both the lo­cal and brew­ing com­mu­ni­ties,” Wade said. “The fires in Cal­i­for­nia have been so dis­as­trous, and some of our staff’s friends and fam­ily have been af­fected. What Sierra Ne­vada has done to help raise funds and bring aware­ness to this en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter is amaz­ing, and we are proud to be a part of it.”

The DreamChaser’s Brew­ery in Wax­haw is lo­cated in a build­ing that once housed the town’s vol­un­teer fire depart­ment, but they didn’t have the ca­pac­ity to add the beer into their pro­duc­tion sched­ule. They in­stead teamed up with the folks at Cavendish Brew­ing Co. in Gas­to­nia. And Beau Nor­wood, founder of Ole Dal­las Brew­ery in Dal­las, in­vited mem­bers of his town’s fire depart­ment to wit­ness the brew­ing process as he brewed a batch of Re­silience IPA.

Most of the brew­eries should be putting the beer on tap in mid to late De­cem­ber, and Sierra Ne­vada Brew­ing Co. — which also has a brew­ery in Mills River, North Carolina — will re­lease cans of the beer later this month as well.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing area brew­eries: Bold Missy Brew­ery, Cabar­rus Brew­ing Co. (Con­cord), Cavendish Brew­ing Co. (Gas­to­nia), The DreamChaser’s Brew­ery (Wax­haw), Le­gal Rem­edy Brew­ing (Rock Hill), NoDa Brew­ing Co., Ole Dal­las Brew­ery (Dal­las), Salud Cerve­ce­ria, Suf­folk Punch Brew­ing, Triple C Brew­ing, Twenty-Six Acres Brew­ing Co. (Con­cord), The Un­known Brew­ing Co., Wooden Ro­bot Brew­ery.

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