Although the Camp Fire has been put out, the relief efforts to help the people of Paradise and surrounding areas have not been extinguished.
Several local breweries will give Lodians a chance to purchase Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s Resilience IPA and support relief efforts in Butte County.
Lodi Beer Company will have the brew available for purchase beginning Thursday. The beer is being brewed in a single batch, so once they have sold out it will not come back. One hundred percent of the sales will be donated to the recovery effort.
The idea came together after the Sierra Nevada reached out to breweries across the country to help lend support to the victims of the fires.
In a statement released on their website, “Our suppliers donated ingredients to every brewery nationwide. Wholesalers and retailers agreed to carry the beer and donate every dollar they received. All of them agreed to do this for free to benefit people they had never met.”
More than 1,400 breweries nationwide will be offering the brew for purchase.
Many breweries such as Lodi Beer Company and Taps Barrel House have been active on social media promoting the brew. Taps Barrel House is a brewhouse in Stockton and the owners plan to open High Water Brewing in Lodi in the spring of 2019.
“We want to help as best we can and so far the response has been really positive,” said Brandon Greene, Lodi Beer Company’s general manager.
According to Barri Altimari with High Water Brewing, the grains for the brew were distributed to breweries at the end of November to start brewing batches for December so that it would be easier to manage the flow of donations.
“As a brewing community it is so amazing that we can all come together to help the people of Paradise, the whole process has taken a lot of cooperation from the brewing community,” Altimari said.
At Lodi Beer Company, patrons will be able to purchase a pint of Resilience IPA for $6 or a 23-ounce beer for S7.50. All proceeds for the brew will go to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund, which is focused on donating the funds to long-term relief support.
“The beer itself is a nicely balanced IPA with a balanced malt presence. It has a beautiful copper tone, it shines and it is easily enjoyable,” Altimari said.
Taps Barrel House had a major launch on all their social media platforms and through their website and found the support and anticipation from the community to be overwhelming.
“Two of our former employees are from that region. One actually lived in Paradise and the other was living in Chico, and throughout this disaster they have been in our thoughts, so we were excited to help when the offer came along,” Altimari said.
For residents in Lodi looking for a way to wind down during the holiday season and help the people of Paradise, the Resilience IPA will be available at Lodi Beer Company and Scotto's Wine and Cider for purchase.