West Virginia’s small breweries are mobilized in relief efforts to support victims of recent flooding. Breweries are engaged in everything from holding benefit concerts and collecting supplies, to donating of a portion of beer sales dollars to flood relief charities. Front Porch Brewing, a brewery just working to actually get licensed and open, is even doing a benefit concert.
The following list is not meant to be exhaustive, but does highlight the variety of efforts under way. Keep up the good work you guys.
Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company
The brewery is hosting a July 2 benefit concert featuring Blackwater Mojo. The band is donating its earnings from the event, and it collected and delivered much-needed supplies to Greenbrier County from its home area in Randolph County. A second benefit concert takes place on July 9 and features Boy Named Banjo.
The brewery asks people to bring cash donations or items in the hiker/camping realm for use by flood victims. They are collecting things such as headlamps, boots, camp chairs, lanterns, flashlights, batteries, portable radios, insect repellant spray, clothesline and clothespins, ponchos, rain gear, boots, air mattresses, air pumps, Thermos, coolers, buddy burners, camp stoves,shovels, buckets with lids, hoses things like that.
The brewery is also donating 50% of profits from its taproom on the weekend of concerts to the United Way of the Greenbrier Valley Flood Recovery and Relief Fund. The United Way puts 100% of the donations right back into the local community.
Mountain State Brewing Company
Mountain State Brewing is collecting bunches of supplies at its Thomas brewery location. It is working with local emergency management agencies to get the supplies delivered to flood relief areas. It is requesting a long list of items, which can be found on its Facebook page.
Big Timber Brewing Company
The Elkins brewery set up a donation mechanism for the West Virginia flood victims based on its beer sales. Big Timber Brewing is donating $12 for every barrel of beer it sells in the month of July to a charity in the flood stricken area.
Charleston Brewing Company
Charleston Brewing Company brewed a special Elk River Revival IPA. Then, in conjunction with Black Sheep Burritos and Brews, a $1.00 donation was made to flood relief for each pint sold and during an entire week beginning June 28. At the beer release event, cash donations were collected and a special flood relief t-shirt was sold, from which $5 was donated from each sale.
In an effort to help those affected by the flooding, Dobra Zupas gave away a free flight of four of its draft beers or an appetizer to anyone who brought in a donation of cleaning supplies, nonperishable food items, toiletries, etc. on Saturday, June 25th.
Front Porch Brewing
This brand new brewery in Charles Town is still super busy in the middle of its licensing process, but they are making time to promote a flood relief fundraiser.
The brewery will host a benefit concert on July 9 & 10. More information can be found at this event link — https://www.facebook.com/events/635215083302654/
Wheeling Brewing Company
For a period of time, Wheeling Brewing is donating 20% of its beverage sales to an organization helping all WV counties hurt by the flood.