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Delaware breweries hop on nationwide relief effort for California fire victims

Volunteer Brewing and Dogfish Head will brew a special IPA in partnership with Sierra Nevada to support wildfire victims in California's Butte County.

Dogfish Head brewers doing their part. (Courtesy photo)

Two Delaware craft breweries – the biggest and smallest ones in the state – are among thousands around the country to join a collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing that seeks to raise funds for victims of California’s catastrophic Camp Fire.

California’s Butte County, where the company’s located, suffered the worst of the wildfire’s devastation.

A call to action was recently posted on Sierra Nevada’s website, signed by founder Ken Grossman.

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.

I’m sending a letter to brewers across the country, inviting them to join us in this effort. We are working with malt, hop and yeast suppliers to provide raw ingredient donations to all participating  breweries and are asking those breweries to donate 100 percent of their sales to the fund, as well.

Dogfish Head, Delaware’s most famous craft brewery, and the lesser-known Volunteer Brewing in Middletown, both stepped up.

Volunteer Brewing, as its name suggests, has an altruistic mission:

In addition to serving craft brewed beers, we are committed to serving the MOT [Middletown-Odessa-Townsend] community. Our customers and staff will be focused on volunteer opportunities that will contribute to improving our town and helping to maintain the small community feel that is core to Middletown’s history.

Volunteer has just two barrels, making it the smallest brewery in Delaware.

The locally-made Resilience IPA will be on tap in late December in Rehoboth and Middletown, as well as several breweries in Philadelphia, including Goose Island Brewhouse, Love City Brewing Company and Brewery Techne.

(A full and up-to-date list of participating breweries can be found here.)

Home brewers are also encouraged to make their own Resilience IPA. The recipe is free (of course, donations are suggested) via the American Homebrewer’s Association blog.

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