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Donate to the Michael Jackson Foundation Brewing Diversity Challenge Grant


ProBrewer and the MJF have combined forces to help bring diversity to American brewhouses. And thanks to the generosity of Brooklyn Brewery, donations received through May 1st will be matched in full by the brewery, up to $100,000. Please help us make the most of this challenge grant by donating to the MJF in the run-up to this year’s BA Craft Brewer’s Conference in Minneapolis.
What’s this “challenge grant”?
The Brooklyn Brewery has offered to fund a permanent endowment for the MJF with a dollar-for-dollar match on all donations made in the run-up to the Craft Brewer’s Conference (May 2nd – 5th, 2022). For every dollar you donate, Brooklyn Brewery will match your donation up to $100,000. This means that if you donate $25, the MJF receives $50; if you donate $2,500, the MJF gets $5k, etc. It’s really that simple… but it’s a challenge grant, so we only get these funds if the industry steps up to support us. We’re especially grateful to ProBrewer for partnering with us on this amazing opportunity to double the value of your donation. We can only do this with the support of people like you!
A diverse, inclusive and equitable brewing industry is a healthy brewing industry, and it’s what we all want to see. So please join ProBrewer and the MJF as we work with Brooklyn Brewery to help make this industry the kind of inviting place we always wanted it to be.
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40 Breweries to Supply Suds for Beer Fest Benefitting Twisted Hippo

40 Breweries to Supply Suds for Beer Fest Benefitting Twisted Hippo Brewpub – Eater Chicago
It’s been more than three weeks since flames destroyed Twisted Hippo, an Albany Park brewpub cherished by its neighborhood, a welcoming place for families and friends, that invited people from many walks of life.
Community was at the center of the brewpub’s mission since it opened in 2019, bringing much needed stability to a space that had turned into a revolving door for failed breweries. The commitment to the neighborhood helped Twisted Hippo thrive, and the way Marilee and Karl Rutherford went about their business was something other brewers noticed and admired.
Parts of the kitchen were the only items that survived the February 21 fire, says Michelle Foik, co-owner of Eris Brewery and Cider House. She’s kept in contact with Twisted Hippo ownership. It was only this week that they were allowed to return to the site to collect anything that may still have value.
Read the rest at Chicago Eater

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Chicago’s Twisted Hippo Brewery Destroyed in Fire


Albany Park fire tears through brewery, Ultimate Ninjas Chicago, apartments; CFD investigating
Twisted Hippo Chicago owner said brewery’s carbon dioxide, nitrogen tanks likely caused explosions heard in neighborhood
https://abc7chicago.com/chicago-fire-albany-park-twisted-hippo-brewery-ultimate-ninjas/11588638/

Contribute to their Gofundme:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-twisted-hippo

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Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival – Volunteers Needed

The Oregon Brewers Guild has recently taken over management of the Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival to be held in Bend on Saturday, March 5th. We are in need of volunteers for the following shifts:
12pm-5:30pm: Beer Servers, Check-in
4:30-10pm: Beer Servers, Check-in
All volunteers must be 21 or older and FULLY VACCINATED to participate.
Volunteer Here

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Hop Culture Announces Beers With(Out) Beards Festival in Portland, ME.


Support The Most Badass Women In the Beer Industry
BRICK SOUTH THOMPSON’S POINT / PORTLAND, MAINE
SATURDAY, APRIL 9TH 2022
In 2018, Grace Weitz conceptualized the first Beers With(out) Beards as part of her graduate school thesis capstone project at NYU. Over the past four years, this celebration of women in beer has grown to attract thousands of attendees and showcase over sixty women-led breweries. Additionally, the fest has featured over thirty-five events highlighting the achievements of women across all aspects of the alcoholic beverage industries. Grace started BW(O)B to create a space where everyone felt welcome to show up, taste amazing beers, and cultivate conversations around how to break through barriers. And now more than ever, we need Beers With(out) Beards.
The fifth annual Beers With(out) Beards takes pride in representing women and femme-identifying folks in the beer industry. And this year, we feel especially empowered by those who have also had the courage to speak up about the importance of equity and inclusion in craft beer. Together, everyone’s voice is stronger.
Join us on Saturday, April 9th, 2022 at Brick South in Portland, ME to celebrate the achievements of women in craft beer. All are welcome at the festival, and you’ll be able to enjoy beer from thirty-five-plus breweries that are either women-owned or owned by femme-identifying people, or that have women or femme-identifiying people in prominent leadership positions.

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Sisters are doing it for themselves!

Move over monks: Belgian nuns join in on brewing tradition
A group of Belgian nuns has turned to beer brewing, an occupation undertaken by monks for centuries, to fund much needed renovation work.
Maredret Abbey in Belgium is a 20-strong Benedictine community, founded in 1893. The Abbey’s nuns, struggling to scrape together the funds for some much needed renovation work, turned to brewing to raise the money.
Maredret Abbey nuns teamed up with a brewer five years ago, in the hopes of producing some beer infused with some of their history and values, in order to fix the leaky roofs and cracked walls.
Abbey beers, where a brewer pays royalties to use the Abbey name, are common in Belgium. But until now only monks have been associated with these brews.
Read more…The Drinks Business

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Maui Teams with Chula Vista to Honor 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

A collaboration developed with veteran-owned Chula Vista Brewery of Chula Vista, California along with Best Defense Foundation, a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to honoring and celebrating veterans from past conflicts by preserving their stories and educating future generations about the heroism and sacrifices of those who have served.
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6th Annual Portland Fresh Hop Pop-Up Beer Fest

Oregon’s freshest Fresh Hop event kicks off the seasonal hop harvest celebrations with 17 straight days of fun September 17 – October 3rd from 8am – 10pm. The 6th annual Portland Fresh Hop Pop-Up Beer Fest has yet to miss a year, and this will be the largest lineup of beers so far.

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Portland Fresh Hops Festival Returns This October


Oregon’s Largest Fresh Hops Festival Returns In-Person, Vaccinations Required
The Oregon Brewers Guild’s 17th Annual Portland Fresh Hops Festival will be returning in-person this October, albeit a bit different than
previous years. The event, which has been held previously at the Oaks Park Amusement Park, will be moving to the Glendoveer Golf &
Tennis driving range, with food options provided by Von Ebert Brewing. The event will be held on October 1st and 2nd.
Press Release
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Drink this beer to help save African wildlife

Fauna Brewing has launched a range of beers that have been inspired by and support endangered African wildlife.

London-based Fauna Brewing has partnered with three charities, the Cheetah Conservation Fund, Painted Dog Conservation and the African Pangolin Working Group to release three beers, each dedicated to a different endangered species.
Read More Via The Drinks Business

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Celebrate American Craft Beer Week May 10-16

Support America’s small and independent craft breweries through on-premise purchases
What
The 15th annual American Craft Beer Week returns May 10-16. The national beer holiday, hosted by the Brewers Association (BA) – the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers – encourages beer lovers to visit their local taprooms, brewpubs, and breweries to purchase beer, whether for on-premise enjoyment, to-go, or delivery.

When
May 10-16, 2021

Where
At local independent craft breweries to support American Craft Beer Week.

Why
Following a tumultuous year with on-premise sales dropping double digits, this year’s holiday honors the creativity, community, and resiliency of America’s small and independent craft breweries by reminding beer lovers that “local beer is better.” As loyal community supporters, many craft breweries responded quickly to the pandemic by producing hand sanitizer for local first responders and collaborating to raise funds for frontline and hospitality workers. Of legal drinking age adults in the U.S., 85% live within 10 miles of a brewery, and craft breweries serve as community gathering places and job creators – providing more than 138,000 direct full and part-time jobs in 2020.

More Here Via BA

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Waterline Brewing owner dies after illness


Mark Anthony Mueller, a prominent figure in Wilmington North Carolina’s craft beer scene, died after an extended illness. He was a partner at Waterline Brewing Co. in downtown Wilmington and was one of the founders of the Port City Brew Bus.
He died Thursday night, according to an update to a GoFundMe campaign that was started to help Mueller’s fight against kidney and liver disease.
Mueller, 39, taught beer-making classes at Cape Fear Community College and was also a volunteer at Frying Pan Tower in the Atlantic Ocean. Friends posted on social media Friday remembering his friendly spirit, which earned him a nickname as an ‘unofficial mayor of Wilmington.’
Via Wilmington Star

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TheGoodHop Saved!


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The Good Hop saved thanks to the strength of its community and social media.
“It’s been a tsunami of emotion wrapped up in a sharknado of goodwill. Last week you saw a TGH post saying we were in real danger of closing our doors. We had one ask: share TGH’s posts on your own social media feeds and talk us up to your friends, family, and coworkers. We hit “send” then waited. Would people actually share or would they just keep scrolling?” the owner, Melissa, shared on instagram.
Suddenly, the TGH crew was seeing their posts reshared everywhere! Suddenly, a whole lot more people knew about The Good Hop and wanted to help save it. Did it work?
Visits to their website jumped 400%, which helped get the word out about The Good Hop holiday beer boxes. “We sold more boxes yesterday–the first day they went on sale–than we’ve sold in the last 3 years COMBINED.You did this. YOU. Never could we have imagined the response we would get from you guys when you knew our little corner bar was in danger.” Melissa shared.
Keep the momentum building!
Read More on thegoodhop instagram feed.

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How this brewer’s cancer diagnosis inspired his incredible thirst for life

Chicago native Jonny Coffman was working his way up in the bar industry, from bartender to brand ambassador for Goose Island Brewery, when he received a stage 3 melanoma diagnosis and was given 3-5 years to live. Instead of giving up, he put his strength and senses on full display.
Video Via NBC Today Show – Beer ambassador survives stage 3 cancer — and has a brew made in his honor