Beer & Wine

Miami Breweries Make Beer to Help Camp Fire Relief Efforts

Drink beer and help the Camp Fire relief efforts.
Courtesy of Veza Sur
Drink beer and help the Camp Fire relief efforts.
This past November 8, California's Camp Fire broke out near the town of Paradise. The blaze, which destroyed almost 14,000 homes and killed at least 86 people, is considered the deadliest wildfire in the Golden State's history.

When the fire was contained November 25, work began on the cleanup and rebuilding the homes that were lost.

To raise money for those affected by the disaster, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. created a special beer. All sales of the Resilience Butte County Proud IPA will go directly to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund, supported through the Golden Valley Bank Community Foundation. The beer company has shared the IPA recipe with 1,400 breweries nationwide so they can also make the beer to raise money for the fund.

Several Miami breweries have joined the cause, and they're brewing the IPA to sell locally. Veza Sur, MIA Beer Company, Biscayne Bay Brewing, Concrete Beach, Wynwood Brewing, and J. Wakefield are all making the beer in solidarity.

Other South Florida breweries participating include Funky Buddha (Oakland Park), Islamorada Beer Company (Islamorada), Saltwater Brewery (Delray Beach), 26 Degree Brewing Company (Pompano Beach), Tarpon River Brewing (Fort Lauderdale), Robot Brewing Company (Boca Raton), NOBO Brewing Company (Boynton Beach), Dixie Grill & Brewery (West Palm Beach), and Misfit's Brewing (Boca Raton).

Carnival Cruise Line will even offer the beer on its ships during the holidays.

Veza Sur's head brewer, Rhett Dougherty, began brewing the beer November 29, as soon as he got word of the program. He says that opening Veza Sur's taproom only three weeks before Hurricane Irma struck South Florida, he wanted to help rebuild the communities affected by the fire. “Having experienced Hurricane Irma three weeks after opening to the public, we can only imagine how devastating the fire has been for the community."

Each participating brewery is using the same recipe, but facilities differ, so each brewery's timeline for offering the beer could vary. The Resilience Butte County Proud IPA is available now at Veza Sur for $6.50 a pint. According to head brewer Stephanie Harper, Islamorada Beer Company's batch is scheduled to be available this Thursday. Pints in the taproom will cost $6, and 100 percent of the purchase price (except sales tax) will go toward the fund.

Jonathan Wakefield, who brewed a special beer to raise money for relief efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, says he's happy to participate in the Camp Fire campaign. "Lending a hand is part of who we are as an industry, as a company, and as individuals.” J. Wakefield's Resilience IPA will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans ($13) in mid-January 2019.

This Thursday, December 20, Wynwood Brewing will debut its IPA at Resilience Night Out at the Wynwood taproom. The event will be held at nearly every one of the 1,400 participating breweries in the hopes of raising more than $10 million to rebuild Butte County, California.

If you're looking for food to pair with your IPA, California Pizza Kitchen will host a nationwide fundraiser. Dine, at all of its locations this Tuesday, December 18. Mention you're dining to support the California Fire Foundation, and 20 percent of your check will be donated.