At least a half-dozen local craft breweries in the Dayton and northern Cincinnati area are brewing the exact same beer as their colleagues at more than 1,000 other craft breweries across the country — all to help the victims of the Camp Fire wildfire in California.
The beer is called “Resilience Butte County Proud IPA,” and all proceeds from sales of the beer at every brewery will benefit a relief fund for fire victims.
The effort is the brainchild of the Sierra Nevada craft brewery in Chico, California, located in the heart of the region devastated by the wildfire.
The Sierra Nevada brewery itself escaped unscathed in the fire, which started Nov. 8 and has now killed 88 people, charred 153,336 acres and destroyed 13,972 homes, 528 commercial buildings in northern California. But many of the brewery’s employees homes and the communities they lived in were damaged or destroyed, according to craftbeer.com.
Brewery founder Ken Grossman wrote a letter asking every brewery in the U.S. to join his brewery’s effort. Sierra Nevada provided the recipe to breweries that chose to participate.
Sierra Nevada is compiling a list of breweries that have signed on to the project, and that list has exceeded 1,000 nationwide. As of this morning, Nov. 29, the list included Fifth Street Brewpub in Dayton, Crooked Handle Brewing in Springboro, Dogberry Brewing in West Chester, Grainworks in West Chester, Swine City in Fairfield, and Sonder Brewing in Mason, along with dozens of other Ohio breweries across the state.
Tanya Brock, general manager of Fifth Street Brewpub, said FSB joined the fund-raising effort “because, well, it's part of what we do. As a co-op, we directly value supporting the community — it's in our tag line, after all. But also because breweries help each other and those we serve.”
“Yes, Butte County is far away, but they are our citizens, too.”
Crooked Handle co-founder Jason Moore also acted quickly when he heard about the fund-raising effort.
“We have several friends personally affected by the Camp Fire tragedy, so when the opportunity to help presented itself, honestly, it was a no-brainer,” Moore told this news outlet. “We take great pride in being part of such a charitable brewing community, especially our fellow Dayton brewers who are always willing to lend a hand.”
Fifth Street Brewpub’s version of the beer is scheduled for release Dec. 26. Crooked Handle’s Resilience IPA is scheduled for release Jan. 4.