Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is making a special IPA to help raise money to support Camp Fire relief efforts.
The Chico, Calif.-based brewery is producing Resilience Butte County Proud IPA and donating 100 percent of the proceeds to its Camp Fire Relief Fund. Sierra Nevada also donated $100,000 to the fund to get it going. But the brewery's effort doesn't end there.
Sierra Nevada also is asking brewers around the country to make the same recipe and donate the sales, even offering to provide the ingredients. Hundreds of breweries, including many from Ohio, already have agreed to participate.
Sierra Nevada brewed the traditional West Coast IPA on Tuesday, as part of the national "Giving Tuesday" movement. It plans to release the beer in cans and on draft.
The Camp Fire is the deadliest wildfire in California history, killing at least 85 people and destroying more than 19,000 structures, most of them homes.
"We know that the rebuilding process will take time, but we’re in this for the long haul," Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman wrote in a letter to his fellow brewers. "Our hope is to get Resilience IPA in taprooms all over the country to create a solid start for our community’s future."
For Shawn Adams, the co-founder and brewer at Akronym Brewing in downtown Akron, it was an easy decision. He's a firefighter.
"I've seen all the damage after big fires," he said. "And obviously when Sierra Nevada asks for help, you help them."
He hopes to brew the beer this week. Magic City Brewing founder and brewer Jay Graham will help him.
Missing Mountain Brewing in Cuyahoga Falls also is brewing Resilience.
"It was one of those things that you watch the news and it's surreal to think something like that is happening," co-founder Keith McFarlane said about the devastation left behind by the California wildfire. "I can't imagine that happening to our community.
"You hear about the loss of life and the people missing. … It's a good opportunity for us to help and a good opportunity for other people to help just by purchasing the beer."
There's no release date yet for the beers.
Sierra Nevada has released a list of participating breweries. As of Tuesday morning, the following Ohio breweries, in addition to Akronym, Magic City and Missing Mountain, are brewing Resilience:
• Birdfish in Columbiana
• Bookhouse in Cleveland
• BrewDog in Canal Winchester
• Columbus in Columbus
• Earnest in Toledo
• Endeavor in Columbus
• Fifth Street in Dayton
• Fifty West in Cincinnati
• Great Lakes in Cleveland,
• Hoof Hearted in Marengo,
• Ignite in Barberton,
• Inside the Five in Toledo,
• Jackie O's in Athens
• Land-Grant in Columbus
• Listermann in Cincinnati
• MadTree in Cincinnati
• Millersburg in Millersburg,
• Narrow Path in Loveland,
• Noble Creature in Youngstown
• North High in Columbus
• Patron Saints in Toledo
• R. Shea in Akron
• Rhinegeist in Cincinnati
• Sandy Springs in Minerva
• Saucy in Cleveland
• Sibling Revelry in Westlake
• Sonder in Mason
• Streetside in Cincinnati
• Swine City in Fairfield
• Three Tigers in Granville
• Trek in Newark
• Uniontown in Ashland
• West Sixth in Cincinnati
• Wiedemann in St. Bernard
• Wolf's Ridge in Columbus
• Wooly Pig in Fresno
To check out the full list go to: sierranevada.com/resilience-butte-county-proud-ipa.
Twiisted Burgers & Sushi, 985 Boardman Alley, Medina, is once again hosting a Christmas beer battle.
Last year, Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas topped Great Lakes Christmas Ale in the inaugural "Battle of the Christmas Ale." This year, 12 Dogs of Christmas is taking on Fat Head's Holly Jolly.
Each brewery will bring four beers, but only the Christmas beer will be judged. Customers get to vote on their favorite. There's also a blind tasting with judges to determine the winner.
The event is 7 p.m. Dec. 13.
Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his daily beer blog at www.ohio.com/beer. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.