Local breweries join efforts to raise funds for fire victims


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Ceres fireighters joined the staff at Blaker Brewing on Nov. 27 as they started their brew of Sierra Nevada’s Resilience IPA to raise funds for victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County.

Breweries throughout the 209 have joined dozens of other beer makers across the country in brewing up a special batch of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Resilience that will be released this month — with all proceeds going to help victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County.

Chico-based brewery Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. set up a Camp Fire Relief Fund through the Golden Valley Bank Community Foundation and seeded the fund with a $100,000 donation. Sierra Nevada then reached out to its fellow brewers across the country and asked if they could help with the fundraising efforts through the release of the Resilience Butte County Proud IPA.

Over 1,000 breweries have answered Sierra Nevada’s call for assistance — including 13 in the 209 area code. Dust Bowl Brewing Co. in Turlock and Blaker Brewing in Ceres are two of the local businesses willing to brew for a good cause.

“Dust Bowl Brewing Co. had already been pondering how we could help, so the invitation could not have been timelier,” said Dust Bowl’s public relations manager Michelle Peterson.

On Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, Dust Bowl and the other participating craft breweries across the country brewed the Resilience Butte County Proud IPA, with Sierra Nevada providing the recipe and working with suppliers to provide discounted ingredients.

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Dust Bowl Brewing Co.’s two Turlock locations will release the Resilience IPA on Dec. 19.

Dust Bowl Brewing Co. brewed a 10-barrel batch (approx. 250-300 gallons), which will be released at a special fundraising event on Dec. 19. The Resilience IPA will then be on tap in Dust Bowl’s two Turlock taprooms.

Channel Brewing Co. in Stockton (110 N. San Joaquin St.) also participated in the brew and announced their batch of the Resilience IPA would be released Dec. 21, while Persuasion Brewing Co. in Modesto (500 7th Street) raised over $1,500 for Camp Fire victims during a fundraiser on Nov. 27 — before they had even begun their brew.

“We know that the rebuilding process will take time, but we’re in this for the long haul. Our hope is to get Resilience IPA in taprooms all over the country to create a solid start for our community’s future,” said Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman in a release.

Dust Bowl has two taprooms located at 200 W. Main St. and 3000 Fulkerth Rd. in Turlock. Blaker Brewing is located at 1063 Montclaire Dr., Ceres. Other participating breweries in the 209 include River Rock Brewery in Galt (807 C St.), Five Window Beer Co. in Lodi (9 W. Locust St.), High Water Brewing in Lodi (927 Industrial Way), Lodi Beer Company (105 South School St.), Brethren Brewing Company (1430 Quincy Ave.), Last Call Brewing Company in Oakdale (944 Shepard Ct.) and G3Enterprises in Modesto (502 E. Whitmore Ave.).

For a full map of participating breweries, visit sierranevada.com.