30 Tennessee breweries join nationwide effort to help victims of California wildfires

30 Tennessee breweries join nationwide effort to help victims of California wildfires

ABOVE: Chris Going, founder of Mill Creek Brewing Co. // FILE



A total of 30 Tennessee breweries, including Mill Creek in Nolensville, have banded together to support a nationwide effort among brewers to raise money for those affected by the deadliest fire in California history.

More than 1,200 breweries have created the largest charitable collaboration ever among brewers to make brew a beer raising funds for those affected by the Camp Fire in Northern California.

Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company located in Chico, California, began making a special beer, Resilience Butte County Proud IPA, donating all of the proceeds to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund, which it seeded with a $100,000 donation. Grossman then asked other breweries across the U.S. to join in.

“We are working with malt, hop and yeast suppliers to provide raw ingredient donations to all participating breweries and are asking those breweries to donate 100 percent of their sales to the fund, as well,” he wrote.
Resilience IPA will be brewed at a member brewery, then transferred to participating breweries across Tennessee and served in their respective taprooms. Participating breweries have agreed to donate 100% of this beer’s sales. This brew has been made possible, in no small part, by ingredient and supply donations from Cargill Malt, HopSteiner, Country Malt Group and Keg Logistics.

“With so many breweries spread across our state, the selfless support from the Tennessee brewing community is truly awesome. The solidarity of Tennessee brewers is inspiring and it is the hope of every participating brewery that we make a positive difference for the California fire victims,” said Adam Ingle, President, Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild.

Resilience IPA will be brewed and distributed to participating breweries and will be available in their taprooms starting January 2019.

In addition to Mill Creek, participating brewers in this area are Blackstone, Czann’s, East Nashville Beer Works, Mayday, New Heights, Smith & Lentz, Southern Grist and Black Abbey.

Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild was formed in 2011 as a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting and protecting the great craft breweries in Tennessee. The Guild sponsors various tastings and educational events across the state. The Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild also works to promote and protect the interests of Tennessee brewers at the state and local governmental levels. Visit www.tncraftbrewers.org for additional information.

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