Local breweries collaborate to raise money for Carr Fire victims

Five Redding-area breweries are collaborating on a special brew called Shasta Strong IPA to benefit victims of the Carr Fire.

Posted: Aug 16, 2018 6:36 PM

Five Redding-area breweries are coming together to help the community after the Carr Fire.

These breweries are collaborating on a special brew called Shasta Strong IPA.

And all of the proceeds from that beer will go toward Carr Fire relief and recovery efforts.

The destructive Carr Fire is still not fully contained, but folks in the Redding-area are already looking for ways to help the community recover.

Folks like Wildcard Brewing Company owner Jeff Hansen who had the idea for Shasta Strong IPA, a collaborative brew with four other local breweries to benefit victims of the Carr Fire.

He reached out to Fall River Brewing Company, Woody's Brewing Company, Final Draft Brewing Company, and Cedar Crest Winery and Brewery who all eagerly jumped in to help.

“After the fires and we were just getting back to business he really wanted to bring all of the local brewers together and do something to give back,” Final Draft co-owner Adam Ward said. “So a collaboration is always a good idea.”

Final Draft Co-Owner Bart Hauptman says he was excited to be able to use his skills to give back to the community after the fire.

“We wanted to make the maximum impact with what we knew how to do,” Hauptman said. “We know how to brew beer. And we were like, so let's do what we can do and maximize the impact that we can make for the community.”

He says everyone has contributed something unique to this effort.

The folks at Fall River Brewing Company offered up the use of the large vats at their new facility

“Beer is measured in barrels,” Woody's Brewing Co. head brewer Neil Petersen said. “So we did about 90 barrels over at Fall River Brewing Company. They've got the biggest brewery in town now with their new production facility.”

Petersen says suppliers even jumped in to help donating the hops and grain used to brew the beer.

And even though the fire was tragic, Ward said it's brought out the best in the community, both individuals and business owners.

“We can never predict what's going to happen in the future, but we can stay Redding Strong and Shasta Strong and continue to strengthen up the community and the awareness of how many great people we have in the community itself,” he said.

The Shasta Strong IPA collaboration brew will debut simultaneously at all of the breweries August 29 at 5PM.

It will also be available in cans at select local retailers as well.

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