There's no arguing that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed a massive portion of our daily lives.
In the midst of these changes, many local businesses are finding ways to overcome and adapt to keep their doors open, while at the same time, help those around them.
Similarly, businesses hit hard are reporting a tremendous outpouring of support from the community.
This outpouring reminding all of us that while this global epidemic has changed so much, it HASN'T changed people's desire for community.
This is We're Open Colorado, a segment dedicated to highlighting local businesses that are still open and finding unique ways to serve the community.
With all of this in mind, let's take a look at several local breweries who are participating in the statewide Colorado Strong initiative which is dedicated to raising funds to aid those who are being impacted by the current crisis.
Breweries across the state are brewing the Colorado Strong Pale Ale and donating a portion to the Left Hand Brewing Foundation which will distribute the money to those that need it.
The Left Hand Brewing Foundation and the Colorado Brewers Guild in partnership with the Ball Corporation and On Tap Credit Union will supply free ingredients and the recipe for Colorado Strong Pale Ale to brewers across Colorado. 20% of all sales of Colorado Strong Pale Ale will return to the Colorado Strong Fund and will be allocated directly to provide assistance to healthcare, hospitality, service industry, and gig economy workers across the state.
Close to home several companies are taking part in the initiative including:
- Lost Friend Brewing
- Pikes Peak Brewing
- Black Fossil Craft Beer
- Black Forest Brewing
- Brass Brewing
- Storybook Brewing
- FH Beer Works
"It's a great way to show the solidarity of the brewing community," commented Andrew France, co-owner of Lost Friend Brewing which released their version of the pale ale on Monday.
"Any time that we can take a minute and give back to the people that have given us such opportunities and let us follow our dreams, [we do]. We just want to give back," said Josh Mater, owner of Fossil Craft Beer.
Each company is brewing from the same recipe but adding their own unique twist to it. So trying them all will be both a tasty adventure as well as a way to support those working to keep our world moving and everyone inside of it safe.
"If everyone just does a little bit and does the things that they're really good at and enjoy to help give back, I think we'll be in a much better place," finished Chris Wright, owner of Pikes Peak Brewing Co.
Many companies have already started to release their Colorado Strong Pale Ales! You can find a full list of when the brews will be available and from which breweries HERE.
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