For anyone reading or watching the news these days, one of the biggest stories in BC, and probably Canada, is the BC wildfires. These fires have destroyed over 426,000 hectares of land and has caused the evacuation and loss of homes of so many people. This year has been the worst wildfire season since 1958, and it’s showing no signs of ending soon. Even for those of us that are protected by the actual fires, our skies and air quality have been very affected. In Vancouver, (where I am), we have not seen blue skies or mountains for 8 days and the air is very smoky. Further north, people are blowing ash off their vehicles!
But with all this comes a few rays of support, especially from the BC Craft Beer community. We have a great community, one that is always willing to pitch in and help out when needed, and this is truly no exception. The BC brewing industry is helping out in a variety of ways. Here are a couple:
BARKERVILE BREWING – Quesnel, BC
Since July 13th, brewery owner Russ Ovans of Barkerville Brewing and his team have donated $1 from every pint sold at the brewery tasting room to the Red Cross BC Fire Appeal for the evacuees. As of August 3rd the amount raised is $1,132
CANNERY BREWING – Penticton, BC
While firefighters and emergency service workers are working hard throughout the province to fight fires, Cannery Brewing will be making their Wildfire IPA, a black IPA which they make once a year as a tribute to those fighting the fires. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer goes to support the great work of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. This beer should be ready by the end of August.
RED COLLAR – Kamloops, BC
Red Collar Brewing is struggling with major air quality issues and will be selling single cans of their Impeachment (a sour peach witbier), and Alternative Facts (a zero IBU IPA) in their taproom. $1 from each sale will be donated to the evacuees of the BC Wildfires.
@bccraftbreweries on Instagram (www.redcross.ca/BCFires/bccraftcares)
This site was created by BC craft beer lover Tim LaHay of @bccraftbreweries @crafttourist, and the #bccraftcares campaign. To date the goal of $5,000 has been surpassed for the Red Cross and as of August 5th he has raised $5610. For everyone that donates to the cause, one will receive an entry into approximately 31 craft beer related prizes, all donated, with a prize being drawn each day in August. The earlier you donate, the more prizes you have a chance to win!
For a chance to win a prize in this #bccraftcares initiative, entrants must make a donation to http://www.redcross.ca/bcfires/bccraftcares and email a screen shot of their donation amount to email@example.com.
WHISTLER BEER FESTIVAL – Whistler, BC
For anyone wanting to donate to the cause and also wanting to attend the Whistler Beer festival, you now can. With a $5 donation, you will get a $5 discount on admission to the festival!
10 breweries are teaming up (and donated their beer and prizes) to raise money to help those in need from the BC Wildfires. Beau’s All Natural Brewing, Bridge Brewing, Doan’s Craft Brewing Company, Field House Brewing, Foamers Folly Brewing, Luppolo Brewing, Parallel 49 Brewing, Persephone Brewing, Strange Fellows Brewing and Trading Post Brewing are all involved!
Also helping out are the Great Canadian Beer festival and the Whistler Beer Festival- both have donated passes to their events.
While none of this will end the wildfires, it is so good to know that “strangers” in the community have come together to help out and give to a good cause.