Missoula breweries creating beers to benefit local charities

2012-11-30T05:45:00Z 2012-11-30T06:17:23Z Missoula breweries creating beers to benefit local charitiesBy VINCE DEVLIN of the Missoulian missoulian.com
November 30, 2012 5:45 am  • 

There’s soon to be a new beer in town, and drinking a pint will help fill the shelves of the Missoula Food Bank.

Four local breweries have teamed up with the Missoula County Tavern Owners Association to create Garden City Community Brew.

Twice a year, one of the four breweries – Bayern, Big Sky, Draught Works and Kettlehouse – will brew a one-of-a-kind, limited-edition beer to be sold exclusively at MCTOA taverns, with the proceeds going to aid local charities.

First up: a black India Pale Ale, or IPA, from Draught Works. Twenty kegs’ worth will be brewed next Wednesday and distributed to 20 Missoula taverns on Dec. 21, and $4,000 will be turned over to the food bank.

There was a bit of a rush to collect the money before the beer has even been brewed or a glass poured. Laurie Clark, executive secretary of the tavern owners association, said they wanted to get the $4,000 in the hands of the food bank by Friday, when it would qualify the charity for a matching funds commitment from Town Pump.

So the breweries each chipped in $500 and the bars $100 apiece, and the money was ready to be given the day of the deadline.

“But we just found out Town Pump puts a cap on the amount they’ll match, and the food bank has reached that,” Clark said Wednesday. “The money’s ready to go, we’ll just wait to do it closer to the time the beer is ready to go into the taverns.”

That will still give the food bank extra funds before the Christmas season, and will hopefully draw more interest in the beer in three weeks when it’s available to customers, Clark said.

If the program proves popular, it could double the amount of beer brewed, and the resulting donations for local charities, in the future, according to Clark. Another brewery will produce its limited-edition batch next spring or summer, Clark said, and the plan is to continue on a biannual basis.

You can follow the news at the Garden City Community Brew page on Facebook.

The 20 taverns that lined up for the initial 20 kegs, and will begin serving it on Dec. 21, are Al & Vic’s, Bodega, Brooks & Browns, the Depot, Double Front Lounge, Eagles, Elbow Room, Iron Horse Brew Pub, James Bar, Joker’s Wild, the Keep, Missoula Club, Montana Club (on both Brooks and Reserve streets), Paradise Falls, Red’s Bar, the Rhino, Rowdy’s Cabin, Sean Kelly’s and Stone of Accord.

Reporter Vince Devlin can be reached at 1-800-366-7186 or at vdevlin@missoulian.com.

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  1. Sukey
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    Sukey - December 03, 2012 4:20 am
    MissoulaMom, I'm not sure all Food Banks are all that honest. There's been newspaper articles about the heads of Food Banks being arrested for stealing food, putting it in their basement, and selling it at swap meets (once again, Noxon - I read newspapers from 4 Counties and this town's name and shenanigans are hard to forget). Do any of those Food Banks have PAID Boards or employees? This increases costs. You may want to do like our family does, we give food directly to families we know are in need, have kids, and are trying hard to make it. There's lots of them. Avoid the drunks/drug addicts. The food you give them frees up money for the addictions. You get a much better sense of helping if you know your "donation" went directly to those who need it, and really appreciate it...
  2. anonymous201288
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    anonymous201288 - November 30, 2012 11:15 am
    Montana did NOTHING about the driving and drinking law UNTIL they hit the Top of The List with the MOST people killed by drunken drivers, THEN it was gung hoe on passing New Laws, NO fore thought to " Treatment to help all the alcoholics". Instead it created more problems by overcrowding the jails , making the hardships of fines and demands that are almost impossible for the victims of alcohol to keep . And now we are on the TOP as the most Suicides in the Nation . It will be interesting to see what our INTELLIGENT leaders do about this one . Oh I forgot , since Jails have become Privatized and are keeping certain groups Wealthy , there should be No problem . And these Companies tout the Government, with their slogan " We build them, You bring them." Same as Alcohol, There's too much Revenue coming in to stop that Golden Calf.
  3. rhondafrommsla
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    rhondafrommsla - November 30, 2012 9:51 am
    Wow let's encourage drinking. As long as they are donating money, to local charities it's ok. Why are we encouraging drinking? We all ready know that drinking causes so many negative things especially this time of year. Are they going to donate money to the hospitals for the DUI wrecks and casualties: to the people in the hospitals due to abuse from their drunken partners, to the jails that fill up due to drinking this time a year. What a concept this is, the more people drink the more money the charities get. I think booze should be just as illegal as pot. Pot causes A LOT less problems than drinking. How about for every pack of cigs that are sold lets donate to local charities. Come on people get your heads out of you know where..and come up with something else that will benefit everyone and still donate the extra to local charities
  4. anonymous201288
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    anonymous201288 - November 30, 2012 9:27 am
    Has there been a study done to see how much of the NEED for a Benefit Drive was actually Created By these Alcohol Businesses ? ?
  5. MissoulaMom
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    MissoulaMom - November 30, 2012 8:13 am
    Alright! Beer for charity! Woot! How about crafting a beer for these charities: MADD, DUI Task Force, Salvation Army, Watson's Children's Shelter, AA, and maybe even some smaller, local groups that help people overcome the problems that alcohol has caused in their lives such as disease, death, divorce, violence, and other things that you can print on your beer label. Jeez, Missoula. Why does everything in this town have to have beer involved in some way? Drinking a beer for the Food Bank seems very close to celebrating & having a toast to poverty. I'll save my liver & just donate the money directly to the Food Bank without the boozy middle man.
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