Giving back to the community is an ideal that many breweries embrace. One such brewery that truly exemplifies this trait is Reuben’s Brewsfrom Seattle, Washington.
After organizing the brewery’s Thank You Thursdays program, the Ballard neighborhood brewer has donated $100,000 to local nonprofit organizations through a number of outreach programs.
Here are additional details from Reuben’s Brews press release…
“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 onThursday, July 19at 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.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.