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A charitable IPA is brewing in Buffalo to help victims of the California Wildfires

Posted at 9:56 AM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 09:56:59-05

Brewing a special IPA and sharing that recipe with breweries across the country is one way the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is raising money to help the victims of the California wildfires. 

"We were really personally impacted by the campfire, we had about 15% of employees displaced by the fire," Robin Gregory, a spokesperson for Sierra Nevada said. "It really seemed like the right thing to do." 

On giving Tuesday, Sierra Nevada sent out an email to all the breweries in the United States asking if they would brew up Resilience IPA and donate 100% of the proceeds to the Sierra Nevada Brewery Camp Fire Relief Fund. 

"We really want to focus on families and focus on people and individuals to get what they need," Gregory added when talking about what the money will go towards. 

1,100 breweries across the nation banded together with Sierra Nevada to sell the Resilience IPA in their beer restaurants and shops. 

It's no shock to Colin Herzog, a brewer at the Flying Bison in Larkin Square, that five Buffalo breweries, including theirs, is brewing the IPA to help the California families. 

"People in Buffalo have real big hearts," Herzog said. Brewing the IPA was a "no brainer" for him as the company wants to help those in need and knows the community will support the cause as well. 

The IPA is not for sale just yet, it has to go through a few weeks brewing before the beer is a hoppy citrus flavor. The Flying Bison plans to have the beverage available by Christmas time. The other Buffalo breweries involved are Pressure Drop Brewing, Eli Fish Brewing, Labatt Brew House, and Thin Man Brewery. 

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