In November, the Camp Fire devastated northern California, becoming the sixth deadliest fire in U.S. history. It burned over 153,000 acres and destroyed more than 18,000 buildings.
In its wake, Chico, California brewery Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
has put out the call for aid to every craft brewery in America, asking them to take part by brewing batches of Resilience Butte County Proud IPA
, getting their suppliers to donate malt, yeast and hops to 1,400 volunteer breweries across the country who have agreed to pitch time and staff hours. All sales proceeds will go to Sierra Nevada's Camp Fire Relief Fund, which the brewery has set up to help fund long-term rebuilding and support efforts in Butte County, where the fire took place.
As it happens, five Springs-area breweries agreed to take part and brew the beer for locals to enjoy. Atrevida Beer Company
has already run out of their supply, but Cerberus Brewing Company
, Gold Camp Brewing Company
, JAKs Brewing Company
, and Local Relic
still have their batches on tap.
“We heard about it through social media, and it’s immediately something we were drawn to," says Local Relic co-owner Jeff Zearfoss. "As a brewery and a community that was affected directly by wildfire, with employees who were directly affected by wildfire, it was hard for us not to get involved... We are super-excited to be a part of the cause, and we encourage people to come and try not just ours, but all of the breweries in town that have made this.”
Some breweries' versions will make it to liquor stores as part of the effort. Homebrewers can also try their hand at making this beer and show solidarity — Sierra Nevada has released a homebrew recipe for the beer