Since its start on November 8, the Camp Fire in Butte County has killed 77 people and destroyed over 11,000 homes, the majority in the town of Paradise.
In nearby Chico, the team at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company closed their brewery for health and safety reasons shortly after the fire started. Within days, they learned that many employees, friends and family members had been severely affected by the fire. They decided to do what they could to support their community.
As a first measure, Sierra Nevada opened their brewpub to serve first responders and evacuees, and donated clothing to those in need. As of Monday, the brewery had provided nearly 10,000 complimentary meals and donated over $200,000 in clothing.
On November 12, they launched a Camp Fire Relief Fund through the Golden Valley Bank Community Foundation. The brewery donated $100,000 to kick off the fundraising efforts. According to the Grossman family, who founded the brewery in 1980, “once the fire is out, we will distribute all donated money to partner organizations that are dedicated to rebuilding and supporting the communities that have been affected.”
A few days later, Sierra Nevada announced that they will brew a Resilience IPA, which will be available in January of next year with limited distribution in cans and on draught. 100 percent of the proceeds from the beer will benefit the brewery’s Camp Fire Relief Fund.
Now, Sonoma County brewers are joining the fundraising efforts, just as they did in the immediate aftermath of last year’s North Bay fires.
“Sierra Nevada helped us in our time of need…We are honored to do what little we can to help people in their community,” shared Russian River Brewing Company on Facebook last week.
Russian River is brewing twenty barrels of their own Resilience IPA to be served on tap at both their Santa Rosa (725 4th St.) and Windsor (700 Mitchell Ln.) locations, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the Camp Fire Relief Fund. (During last year’s fires, Russian River Brewery launched the charitable endeavor Sonoma Pride. The campaign has raised $1,122,116 for fire relief efforts.)
HenHouse Brewing Co. is also joining the relief efforts. “With the memory of last year’s fires in our backyard fresh in our minds, we knew we needed to help,” shared the brewery on Instagram. HenHouse is brewing their own batch of Resilience IPA to be served at their Petaluma (1333 N McDowell Blvd) and Santa Rosa (322 Bellevue Ave) locations, with 100 percent of proceeds also going to the Camp Fire Relief Fund.
Santa Rosa’s Cooperage Brewing Company (981 Airway Ct.) is also offering a Resilience IPA starting mid-December with all proceeds benefiting Sierra Nevada’s Camp Fire Relief Fund.
Bear Republic Brewing Co. has joined the relief efforts, too. They’ll be brewing Resilience IPA, and serving it at both their Healdsburg (345 Healdsburg Avenue) and Rohnert Park (5000 Roberts Lake Road) brewpubs will be serving the brew with proceeds benefiting the Camp Fire Relief Fund.
Windsor’s St. Florian’s Brewery, named after the patron saint of firefighters, continues to donate five percent of all beer sales to fire-related causes and right now they are collecting gift cards which will be donated to Camp Fire survivors. (Cards can be dropped off or mailed to St. Florian’s Brewery 7704A Bell Road Windsor CA 95492)
We’ll continue to update this list with other beer-focused opportunities to support fire relief efforts in Butte County. Stay tuned.
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