Barely a week after the Camp Fire — the deadliest wildfire in California history, during which 88 people died and over 150,000 acres of Butte County in Northern California were burned and — Californians are still, obviously, reeling. Sierra Nevada Brewery, which is located in Chico, California, has decided to step up to help in the relief process and they’ve asked every brewery in America to help.
While Chico was not hit hard by the wildfire, it is located just 11 miles west of Paradise, the town that was utterly destroyed by the fire. In a letter on the brewery’s website, Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman outlined the brewery’s plan:
“Many of you have asked if we will be brewing a fundraiser beer to support Camp Fire relief efforts. The answer is a resounding ‘yes.’
We are proud to announce the upcoming release of Resilience Butte County Proud IPA. We will be brewing Resilience on Giving Tuesday, November 27 and donating 100-percent of the beer sales to the Camp Fire Relief Fund. In addition, we are also asking every brewer in America to brew Resilience and do the same.”
The Camp Fire Relief Fund was started by Sierra Nevada with an initial $100,000 seeding. Grossman went on to say they are working with malt, yeast, and hop distributors to provide breweries that sign up before December 7 with ingredients. To date, over 1,200 breweries have signed up — even Ambridge Brewery from the UK is joining in the efforts.
The goal is to have the beer ready to go by December 17. At that point, Sierra Nevada will be selling it on tap and in cans, and you will be able to get it on draft at your local brewery if it’s participating. With around 7,000 breweries in the United States, though, there’s a good chance at least one of your nearby producers will be participating. If they’re not, you have until December 7 to convince them to join the relief efforts.
You don’t have to drink beer to support the Camp Fire Relief fund — you can donate directly here.
For those that want to homebrew a batch of Resilience, you can check out the recipe, which was provided by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and scaled down from the original by Chip Walton of Chop and Brew, right here.