The Brewmaster’s Taproom is known for its great selection of local beers, as well as being a dog- and family-friendly environment. Now the taproom in Renton has also earned recognition for its value in diversity, its commitment to hiring people with developmental disabilities, and for providing leadership throughout their community.
Vadis will present The Brewmaster’s Taproom the 2018 Inclusive Employer of the Year award on January 24th, 2019. Vadis is a local organization dedicated to assisting businesses with the recruitment and retention of employees with disabilities.
Brewmaster’s owner, Marley Rall, was a bit dismayed when notified of the impending award. “Why would Brewmaster’s be honored for simply doing what is right; doing what every business
should do?” she wondered.
She didn’t want the award to focus on the taproom, but rather she wants to use the award as an opportunity to share, with her community, what Supported Employment is all about.
To celebrate, Marley wanted to do something for her community, as she is wont to do. From that, an idea was born. She turned to Airway’s Brewing of Kent and asked if they would be willing to create a special beer for the occasion and for a special cause. Of course they obliged.
Airways Brewing’s head brewer, Aaron Gibbs, along with his 4-year old daughter, Hazel, were
excited at the concept of crafting an exclusive brew to benefit individuals with disabilities. Hazel even created the brew’s recipe. Thus, this Hazy IPA bears her name, Hazel’s EFA (Employment for All) India Pale Ale. The beer will be tapped in conjunction with the award presentation on January 24th.
Marley requested that the presentation take place on a night when the taproom would be hosting a brewers night event. On this night, Airways Brewing will be the guest brewery. Speaking of her brewery partners, Marley adds, “They are the reason we can do what we do.”
All proceeds from the sale of Hazel’s EFA IPA will be donated to the cause, raising money to help people with developmental disabilities receive one-on-one job training and on-the-job support.
Paying it forward is nothing new for Marley and her Brewmaster’s family. In 2018 they raised nearly $20,000 for various non-profit organizations.
Join the celebration on January 24th at 5:30. The Brewmaster’s Taproom is located at 2000 Benson Road in Renton.