Showing posts with label Beer for a Cause. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beer for a Cause. Show all posts

October 29, 2014

Wicked Weed/New Belgium Collaboration Benefits the French Broad River

A new collaboration between Wicked Weed Brewing and New Belgium will benefit WNCA’s French Broad Riverkeeper, a program which works to preserve the environmental integrity of the French Broad River in Western North Carolina. Wicked Weed, a fast-rising star in the Asheville beer community, and New Belgium, which is building a new brewery on the banks of the French Broad, will release "Tributary", an Imperial Brett Saison, on November 15th.

The beer will feature malts from two up-and-coming craft malt houses: Asheville's Riverbend Malt House and Colorado Malting. It is also made with a combination of yeasts from both breweries, sugar beets, Mosaic hops, and an experimental, yet-to-be named hop.

“The local brewery scene in Asheville is so vibrant,” said Alex Dwoinen, New Belgium’s Asheville Brewing Manager, about the partnership. “We’re excited to be involved with Luke, Walt and their team with this collaboration.  The experimentation they do never ceases to amaze me.”

The full press release can be found below.

June 20, 2013

Introducing CentUp: Support Bloggers & Charities with a Single Click

CentUp logo
CentUp.org
Beer for a cause. It's a theme I've tried to highlight from time to time, one that recurs quite often in the craft beer industry. Something about people that enjoy craft beer -- they love to support good causes!

Now I get to take an active role in raising money for good causes through my own passion for craft beer. And you can help!

You may have noticed a new button on my website: CentUp. Maybe you saw the brewery they built for me on Facebook.

CentUp is an exciting new platform that enables people like you to reward content creators and support good causes with the click of a button. For as little as a penny, you can chip in to support your favorite bloggers and donate to a charity of your choice at the same time. For every click of the CentUp button, 45% percent of the donation goes to the publisher and 45% goes to the charity. CentUp keeps 10% to cover operating costs.

I found out about CentUp through their Kickstarter campaign, which was successfully funded. Watch the video below and tell me if you're not intrigued [video link]...

March 27, 2013

State of the Craft Beer Industry: A Report from CBC13

Happening this week in Washington, DC, is the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference, an annual gathering of craft brewers from around the country hosted by the Brewers Association. The BA is the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting small and independent craft brewers in the US. While I didn't attend the event, I listened in this morning to the Brewers Association "State of the Craft Brewing Industry" tele-press conference.

Craft Beer is Surging

Paul Gatza, Director of the Brewers Association, opened by talking about general industry trends. Over the past five years, the beer industry as a whole has been contracting, while the craft beer segment has been expanding rapidly at the expense of the large "macro" breweries. We've seen recently that regional craft breweries, such as Green Flash and New Belgium, have decided to build second breweries in other parts of the country to meet high demand and to facilitate the distribution of their products from coast to coast. Gatza speculated that we will see more of these satellite breweries in the months and years to come.

Gatza also mentioned the development of a new Brewers Association website, KegReturn.com, designed to help brewers avoid profit loss through lost kegs. There is an estimated cost of $5-15 million when kegs, owned by the breweries who fill them, go missing. (Read the press release here.)

December 18, 2012

Southern Appalachian Brewery & Dupont State Forest

Triple Falls, Dupont State Forest
Despite rainy weather for most of the weekend, my girlfriend and I managed to avoid it on Saturday as we explored a bit of Western North Carolina with our new four-legged companion. We ventured first to Dupont State Forest, about 50 minutes south of Asheville and 15-20 from Brevard. The plan: do some hiking, see some waterfalls, then check out Southern Appalachian Brewery in nearby Hendersonville.

Dupont State Forest

After a nice drive through rural North Carolina, passing farms and horses and sheep along the way, we entered Dupont State Forest and parked at the Hooker Falls parking area.

I'm no Bill Bryson, but I do enjoy a walk in the woods from time to time. Even though this was mid-December and only the evergreen foliage remained, the beauty of the area was stunning. On a 2-3 hour hike along well-maintained trails, we saw multiple waterfalls, including Triple Falls and High Falls.

November 27, 2012

3 Gift Ideas to Support #GivingTuesday

In case you haven't heard, today is the first ever Giving Tuesday. After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is an effort to balance all that commercial activity with some good-hearted philanthropy. The craft beer community is known for their good hearts, with many participating in the Movember cause for men's health issues.

But that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy a good brew. To jumpstart your charitable giving this season, here are three holiday gift ideas that also support good causes:

November 20, 2012

Chapel Hill, NC: Homebrew for Hunger 2012

At the second annual Homebrew for Hunger festival, nearly 50 homebrewers and nine craft breweries teamed up to raise money and canned food for those in need.

The event, 
held at the West End Public in downtown Chapel Hill, raised over $8,500 through ticket sales and raffles to support PORCH, a volunteer organization providing hunger relief to families in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area. 

The event was expanded from one session last year to two this year in order to accomodate more tasters and to raise more money. Still, the event completely sold out in advance. 

November 5, 2012

Asheville, NC: A Weekend of Craft Beer, Community, and Good Causes

One month into being an official Asheville resident, I've had the pleasure of attending a handful of craft beer events in the new town. It's fantastic to be in a place where craft beer is mainstream. More than that though, this is a town where the beer business is aggressively involved in the community. More often than not, these events are tied to good causes of one kind or another. What better reason to go out for a beer?

Here's a brief recap of a couple events from the weekend:

Wee Bit Louder Fest

The first annual Wee Bit Louder Fest was held this past Saturday afternoon at Highland Brewing Company. Highland took fan suggestions for naming the festival, the "plugged-in" counterpart to Highland's Appalachian Breakdown Festival held in the summer.

The event started outdoors, taking advantage of Highland's new outdoor stage and the warm fall afternoon.

We started out by going into the Highland tasting room to sample the famed Sierra Nevada Beer Camp brews. In anticipation of their new Asheville location, Sierra Nevada invited 14 Western North Carolina breweries out to Chico for Beer Camp. They divided to the breweries into groups and brewed two commemorative ales:

April 8, 2012

Panama Brews Part 3: Una Noche de Cerveza

Last week, I teamed up with a couple other expats (Katie Garstin & Blayne Ladner) to present Una Noche de Cerveza. The mission: to jump-start craft beer culture in Panama City with an exclusive beer pairing dinner. Blayne generously opened up the Super Gourmet for the evening while Katie and I put together a menu consisting of four courses and five, 6-ounce beers to accompany each course:

April 2, 2012

NC Event - Casks for a Cure 2

This North Carolina craft beer event benefits Pints for Prostates, which seeks to elevate prostate health issues through the medium of beer.  Casks will be featured from several soon-to-open North Carolina craft breweries, such as Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Steel String Brewery, Four Saints Brewing Company, Deep River 
Brewing, Sub Noir Brewing, and Fortnight Brewing Company.

November 15, 2011

Homebrew for Hunger Festival Recap

First of all, welcome to all new subscribers!  Glad to have you on board!

This past Saturday was the 1st Annual Homebrew for Hunger Festival and it was a blast! I really enjoyed sharing my beer, getting feedback, and talking to people about homebrewing in general. Best of all, the event raised close to $6,000 and collected about 200 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. That's enough for over 25,000 individual meals, or three meals a day for over 8,500 people dealing with hunger!

October 23, 2011

Homebrew for Hunger

Hey folks, just want to share with you an event happening next month.  The first annual Homebrew for Hunger festival will place on November 12th in Chapel Hill, NC, benefitting the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.  Homebrewers from around the area will be sharing their concoctions.

WHO: Sponsored by several North Carolina businesses, the event will feature over 30 homebrewers and at least four craft breweries teaming up to support the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
WHAT: A beer festival focused on homebrewing, with tastings, educational sessions, and raffles.  Tickets are just $20 ($25 day of the event).
WHEN: 12pm-5pm, November 12th, 2011
WHERE: West End Public, 462 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC
WHY: To share the art of homebrewing while preventing hunger this upcoming holiday season.

Homebrewers who bring their beer can get into the festival for free.  Also, attendees may earn free raffle tickets for bringing in a canned food donation (max of 3).

Now I love drinking for a good cause, but I'm also bringing down three of my latest brews to get some feedback from the public:

Walker's Chocolate Stout - a dark, roasty stout brewed with cocoa powder
Oregano Hoptoberfest - a smoky pale ale with a heavy dose of oregano - won 2nd Place in the Spice, Herb, Vegetable Beer Category at the Virginia Beer Blitz!
Amarillo Pale - This is a remake of the base beer from the Amarillo Peach I did a while back.  The original came out pretty well; this time around I want to reduce the body and increase the hops.

It should be a great event!  More info at the festival website.  Go ahead and get your tickets here.