Keith and Dr. Carrie Campanelli are big fans of Birdfish Brewing.

They're also big philanthropists.

Now, they've figured out an unusual way to support the Columbiana brewery while at the same time raising money for worthwhile causes. The Canfield couple — Keith runs A Pirate's Life Pinball and supplies machines to Birdfish's Down Low taproom, while Carrie a pediatrician who runs Austintown Pediatrics — has purchased a 15-barrel fermenter and placed it at the production brewery.

For the next three years, the Campanellis are letting Birdfish use the fermenter in exchange for the profits gained from the tank, an estimated $10,000, going to charitable causes of their choice: Doctors without Borders, Second Harvest Food Bank, The Cure Starts Now and Project MKC.

At the end of the three years, Birdfish can keep the fermenter.

"It was just a win-win for everybody," Keith said.

The Campanellis got the idea after noticing that Birdfish couldn't keep up with demand. They also appreciate Birdfish's efforts to support local causes such as raising money for Second Harvest and special charitable beers such as Park IPA, which supports a disc golf course in nearby Firestone Park.

"They are always giving back to the community so I don't mind helping them do anything down here because they are a great bunch of people," Keith said.

In addition to Keith supplying the arcade games, the couple have other Birdfish connections — Keith, a former builder, helped with some of the construction and Carrie serves as a bartender at the brewery once a month. Carrie, an IPA fan, directed that the first beer in the tank be an IPA.

Birdfish co-founder Josh Dunn said they are developing an Australian-hopped IPA as that first brew. A special banner noting the fermenter's significance will be placed on the tank, which is situated so people can see it from the taproom.

"It's a purchase that we wouldn't make with all the other equipment debt but it's also something that we needed because we are consistently running out of beer," Dunn said.