I love the craft beer community – especially here in the Northwest. It goes well beyond just beer. Sure, different breweries are in competition with each other to make the best beers and to sell the most beers, but I’ve always felt that, for the most part, there’s a real feeling of kinship between many local brewers and breweries. They don’t just provide a faceless product. They become part of the greater community and, as such, care about that community.
That’s why you’re constantly seeing local craft breweries hosting events that are geared towards helping out local charities and non profits. They want to give something back to the community that’s given to them. Also, let’s face it, as a craft beer consumer it feels good to know you’re helping out by really doing nothing more than enjoying the craft beers you love. What could be better?
One such local brewery that’s always giving back to the community is Reuben’s Brews, and they’ve just hit a big milestone. They’ve donated over $100,000 to local non profits through various events and outreach programs. You can help keep their giving streak going by vising them on Thursdays for their “Thank You Thursday” events where they host a different non profit each week.
Here is the full press release from Reuben’s Brews:
SEATTLE, Wash. (June 27, 2018) – Reuben’s Brews has donated $100,000 to local nonprofit organizations through a number of outreach programs, including the brewery’s popular “Thank You Thursday” events. This weekly event supports a variety of local nonprofits at the brewery’s Ballard taproom.
“As a small, family-owned business, it is very important to us that we remain connected with our community and support the good work our neighbors do,” said Grace Robbings, co-founder of the brewery whose commitment to philanthropy started nearly 20 years ago when she became a Peace Corps volunteer. “We are grateful to them for the work they do to care for and serve our community. To be able to get to know them and their missions through the Thank You Thursday program is incredibly inspiring, and we are thankful to be able to support them in this way.”
Each Thursday, the brewery hosts a different nonprofit organization at its taproom. Throughout the evening, $1 of every pint, growler or set of at least three tasters sold goes to the hosted organization. Representatives from the organization are invited onsite to talk about their work and raise awareness for their cause. The range of supported organizations is wide, with just a few examples including those that work to protect the environment, provide resources for children and women who have been abused, advocate for human rights, empower those living with mental illness or disabilities, feed and shelter the homeless, and care for animals.
One of the most popular Thank You Thursday events is “Baby Goats and Brews” with the Puget Sound Goat Rescue. The organization brings out several baby goats for guests to pet while they learn more about the animals and how they can support the rescue (while drinking beer). This year’s event will be held on Thursday, July 19 at the taproom, 5010 14th Ave NW, Seattle.
Sarah Klapstein of the Puget Sound Goat Rescue said, “Our annual Thank You Thursday event with Reuben’s Brews has become one of the fundraising highlights of our year. Not only do we raise much needed funds for the rescue and care of the more than 200 goats we save each year, it also supports our mission of educating people about goats and the need for our life saving work. We are so grateful to be a part of this amazing program!”
In addition to the Thank You Thursday program, Reuben’s Brews supports: the work of Gorilla FC to help build tiny houses through the Low Income Housing Initiative; the Ales for ALS program; the Pink Boots Society for women in the beer industry; and numerous nonprofit fundraisers with in-kind donations.
About Reuben’s Brews
After the birth of their first child Reuben, Adam and Grace embarked on a mission to brew bloody good beer. Originally from the UK, Adam turned a passionate hobby into a family-run brewery crafting nationally and internationally recognized beers in a wide variety of styles. Since opening in 2012, Reuben’s has won awards for its beers around the world including at the Great American Beer Festival, the World Beer Cup, the US Open and was named Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year at the 2015 Washington Beer Awards. Find Reuben’s Brews in the Pacific Northwest and at its taproom located at 5010 14th Ave NW in Ballard, open 7 days a week. For more information, visit www.reubensbrews.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@reubensbrews).
Great job on giving back so much to the community, Reuben’s! I, for one, love your beers and your philosophy of giving and I know I’m not alone. You keep up the great work brewing those awesome beers and we’ll keep helping out by drinking them so you can send off a portion of your profits to all those worthy non profits. It’s a win, win, win all the way around.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.