Meantime Brewing and Sierra Nevada partner for wildfire fundraising beer

London’s Meantime has partnered with Sierra Nevada Brewing to create a beer that will raise money for the victims of the Californian wildfires, which killed at least 88 people, destroyed more than 13,000 homes and burned across 153,000 acres in November last year.

Meantime will be brewing Sierra Nevada’s Resilience Butte County Proud IPA which the latter launched in the US in December.

Sierra Nevada founder, Ken Grossman, wrote an open letter in November to breweries, asking them to use Sierra Nevada’s recipe to make the beer and donate the proceeds to help the rebuild in northern California following the Camp Fire.

It is believed over 1,450 breweries around the world have signed up to take part. According to Sierra Nevada’s interactive map, which shows the breweries taking part, Worcestershire’s Ambridge Brewery, home of The Archers, is also taking part.

Meantime will donate 100% of the proceeds of its beer to the Campfire Relief Fund. Brewed at its Greenwich site, the beer will be on pour at the brewery tap from 11 January while stocks last.

Ciaran Giblin, brewmaster at Meantime Brewing Company, said: “Sierra Nevada sent out a ‘bat signal’ calling on the global brewing community for support, and we’re happy to be able to help in any way we can.

“Our small-batch Pilot Brewery means we’re able to brew innovative limited-edition beers, and the best part is that it allows us to get involved with great causes such as this.

“The Resilience Butte County IPA is a classic IPA with caramel notes and lots of citrusy hops”.

The fires also destroyed vines and wineries in the fledgling Malibu Coast AVA. Among the wine companies affected by the fires were wine tour organiser Malibu Discovery, whose Malibu Grapes tasting room burned down in the blaze. Created in 2014, the Malibu Coast AVA is one of California’s newer appellations.

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