Val­ley brew­ers team up to help Calif. fire vic­tims

Five area brew­eries will of­fer spe­cial beer in fundrais­ing ef­fort.

The Morning Call - - ENTERTAINMENT NEWS - By Craig Larimer

Le­high Val­ley brew­ers from Funk Brew­ing, Bonn Place Brew­ing, Two Rivers Brew­ing Com­pany, Sage Al­ley Brew­ery and Lost Tav­ern Brew­ing teamed up Fri­day at Funk's Em­maus lo­ca­tion to mix up a spe­cial batch of beer to ben­e­fit vic­tims of the Cal­i­for­nia wild­fires. The spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion ale called Re­silience IPA is based on a recipe pro­vided by Cal­i­for­nia's Sierra Ne­vada Brew­ing Com­pany.

Brew­ers na­tion­wide are plan­ning to par­tic­i­pate in the fundrais­ing pro­gram. All of pro­ceeds will go to those in need fol­low­ing the west coast fire dev­as­ta­tion. Since the Nov. 8 blaze be­gan, au­thor­i­ties said, at least 85 were killed and 10 peo­ple are still un­ac­counted for. Ap­prox­i­mately 14,000 homes were de­stroyed leav­ing thou­sands dis­placed or seek­ing shel­ter.

The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports that more than 50,000 peo­ple in Par­adise, Calif. and the neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties of Ma­galia and Con­cow were forced to flee the tow­er­ing, wind-driven flames that charred an area about the size of Chicago — 240 square miles — and be­came the dead­li­est U.S. wild­fire in at least a cen­tury.

Funk Brew­ing posted this mes­sage to their Face­book page, “When Ken Gross­man [founder of Sierra Ne­vada Brew­ing Com­pany in Cal­i­for­nia] sent out an email ask­ing all brew­eries to join up and brew Re­silience IPA to help all those who need to re­build af­ter the Cal­i­for­nia fires we jumped at the chance to help.”

“With­out Sierra Ne­vada there may never have been a Funk Brew­ing Com­pany. From our early drink­ing years; buy­ing cases of Pale Ale at Shangy's: The Beer Au­thor­ity, drink­ing 10-year-old vin­tage bot­tles of Big­foot Bar­ley­wine at The Farm­house and cel­e­brat­ing Thanks­giv­ing and wed­ding an­niver­saries with Cel­e­bra­tion Ale.”

The lo­cally brewed beer will be avail­able in all five Le­high Val­ley tast­ing rooms in a few weeks.

Ac­cord­ing to Sierra Ne­vada's web­site, Gross­man sent a let­ter to brew­ers across the coun­try, invit­ing them to join the re­lief ef­fort. The brew­ery worked with malt, hop and yeast sup­pli­ers to donate raw in­gre­di­ents to make the beer.

Gross­man's pub­lic mes­sage added, “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 solid start for our com­mu­nity's fu­ture.”

“Thank you to ev­ery Sierra Ne­vada em­ployee across the coun­try for your sup­port; we'll get through this to­gether.”

Beer en­thu­si­ast Craig Larimer of Beth­le­hem is the vi­su­als ed­i­tor of The Morn­ing Call. Find his blog, pho­tos and lo­cal events at lehigh­val­l­ey­craft­beer. com.


Sage Al­ley brewer Michael Wiebolt re­moves spent grain Fri­day at Funk Brew­ery in Em­maus.

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