Over 70 breweries, many of them local Northwest breweries, participate in the Ales for ALS program, which raises money for ALS research. They all create beers using an exclusive hop blend that is designed by Loftus Ranches (one of Washington’s oldest hop farms). At least four of the participating breweries will be at the Beveridge Place Pub this Thursday, maybe more.
All of the beers will be available side-by-side on a taster tray, or you can order pints of whatever you want. The Beveridge Place Pub is working to gather more of the Ales for ALS beers, but for certain they will pour beers from Bale Breaker Brewing, Pike Brewing, and Triplehorn Brewing. Possibly an ALS beer from Sierra Nevada as well. Other participating breweries include 21st Amendment and Deschutes, All of the breweries involved in Thursday night’s event are sending beer shwag and/or representatives.
The official event time is 7:00 – 9:00, but the beers will be on tap all day. They will start selling raffle tickets at 7:00 with a drawing for various brewery shwag at 8:30. Beveridge Place will also be donating a dollar for every pint of ALS beer sold that day. That includes a dollar per pint of the non-ALS beers sent by the aforementioned participants.
The Ales for ALS project is one of the best and most successful “beers for a cause” programs out there. It was created by Loftus Ranches (one of Washington’s oldest hop farms) and Hop Union to benefit ALS research. Each year they create a unique, exclusive blend of hops that participating breweries use to create beers that benefit the cause.
BTW: Beer Church is the philanthropic arm of the Washington Beer Blog. Since 1997, Beer Church has been promoting events and organizing ways for beer-loving people to contribute to charitable causes by drinking beer. To date, Beer Church has raised over $100K, though we are not really keeping count, because that is not what it’s about. It’s about actually doing it, not just talking about it.