Beer Buzz

A special beer designed to benefit the communities affected by the recent California wildfires will be on tap this month.

The Camp Fire in Northern California wss one of the most devastating in American history and one that came close to the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. headquarters in Chico.

Sierra Nevada is headquartered in Butte County where some of the most devastating fires took place. In addition to helping with immediate relief efforts, Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman is created a special IPA named after the county and is donating 100 percent of the sales of the beer to the Camp Fire Relief Fund

Like many others around the country, local brewers in Indianapolis are joining the effort and brewing Resilience Butte County Proud IPA and donating the proceeds.

Upland and Switchyard Brewing collaboratively brewed 15 barrels of Resilience Butte County Proud IPA to hit taps in January at Switchyard in Bloomington and across all Upland locations.

On Jan 9, Triton taps their Resilience Butte County Proud IPA.

All three Sun King locations  donated a portion of every growler fill of SKB on Dec 27 to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund.

For Indianapolis and statewide locations to purchase pints go here.

Feathers and Fermentation

The call out from Indy Brew Bus reads: “Ever wanted to challenge a hawk to a staring contest? Maybe you've dreamed of being within inches of those mythical beasts, the owls. Wanna do that and more while sipping on hot mulled cider from Ash & Elm, and raise funds for Indiana Audubon Society and Eagle Creek Foundation?” The event takes place Jan. 20. Find more info here.

Rock Bottom at 10 W. Washington St., with the slogan “Good Beer brings people together,” toasts the season with 25 cents of every pint of  Veteran’s IPA, brewed with Omega Tropical IPA yeast and Simcoe, Amarillo, and Mosaic hops, going to Indianapolis veterans groups.

Joy’s House gains $3 from every ticket sold for the Brewers of Indiana Guild 11th Annual Winterfest at West Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., on  Feb. 1 and 2. 

New in 2019 is a 6-9 p.m. Friday night Exclusive Specialties Session  with a lineup of 100 beers that won’t be poured during the traditional Saturday session.

Feb. 2, from 2-6 p.m.,  features 100+ Hoosier breweries and guests pouring hundreds of beers

including one-of-a-kind cask beers.  Winterfest proceeds also supports Brewers of Indiana Guild’s mission. Purchase tickets here.

Keeping Tabs

Start collecting aluminum tabs (beer, soda, energy drinks, canned water)  now for Sun King’s 8th annual McDonald House fund raiser in July 2019. Here’s data from the 2018 campaign.

Everyone is Welcome

Switchyard Brewing created  Parents + Pints. “Bring your little pints to the brewery on the last Sunday of every month; we transform the boardroom into a safe & fun area filled with toys, activities, and more.”  

‘Step Right Up, Again’ Invites Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Boone County volunteer Tim Dall emails good news:

“We have a success story.  HTBB 1.0 was completed and moved into in August 2018, after a $90,000 fundraising effort, centered around craft beer and brewing. We had great partnerships with a number of local Brewers and other beer forward establishment and hope to build on that in 2019 with a successful $95,000 fundraising effort for construction of another home in early summer.

“For HTBB 2.0  the new initiatives we are working on include a benefit home brew festival as well as a special "House That Beer Built' beer with proceeds going to the campaign, if we can find either a partner brewery or a collaboration of breweries willing to participate.  If you'd like to help us get the word out, the respect you have earned from the brewing world would certainly help us.”

Sarah, who  moved into HTBB 1.0, writes: “ I am happy to report that my daughter and I are doing very well and love our home. It is fantastic to feel at home finally after bouncing around places that were only temporary. It's amazing to be surrounded by such an amazing community. That is what Habitat is all about and ironically craft beer is the same way. So, this has been a very amazing experience.”

See 2017 project video from Books & Brews here.


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