This summer, 76 breweries from 25 states are participating in Ales for ALS™, a unique craft brewery-based fundraising initiative benefiting ALS research. Since 2013, Ales for ALS has generated $500,000 for the ALS Therapy Development Institute, a nonprofit biotech where scientists actively discover and develop treatments for ALS. This year’s goal is to raise $300,000 to accelerate important research into ALS treatments and cures.
Each Ales for ALS brewer receives a special blend of experimental hops donated by B.T. Loftus Ranches and Hopunion to create a limited edition beer, donating a minimum of $1 per pint sold to the Institute. Most Ales for ALS beers will be available between June and August 2015.
“Every 90 minutes someone in the US is diagnosed with ALS, and this program should give them hope: Hope for a future where ALS can be stopped. The craft brew industry has been a crucial partner in making significant advancements in ALS research through the funding raised from the Ales for ALS program. We are grateful to have the support of dozens of craft brewers and the thousands of people who show up to try their unique Ales for ALS beers each year,” said Steve Perrin, Ph.D., CEO and CSO of the ALS Therapy Development Institute.
Loyal readers know me to be a fan of craft beer, most importantly because craft brewers are true small business owners who create real products for the love of the craft. Additionally, I have found craft brewers to be caring, generous people as this effort, and countless like it, proves out.
In addition to craft brewer participation in Ales for ALS, the campaign will incorporate festivals, parties, and homebrew competitions. Locations and dates are listed online at the Ales for ALS website.
Ales for ALS™ 2015 Brewers: Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment, Aeronaut Brewing Co., Alvarado Street Brewery, Bale Breaker Brewing Company, Barley Browns Beer, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Bear Republic Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewery, Big Grove Brewery, Boston Beer Company, Brewery at Abigaile, Brown’s Brewing Co., Cambridge Brewing Company, Cape Ann Brewing Company, Cellarmaker Brewing Company, CH Evans Brewing Co., Cigar City Brewing, Cisco Brewing, Columbus Brewing Company, Coronado Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery Inc., Double Mountain Brewery, Drake’s Brewing, Eagle Rock Brewery, Excelsior Brewing Co., Faction Brewing Company, Fat Head’s Brewery, Fiction Beer Company, Founders Brewing Company, Fremont Brewing Company, Front St. Brewery, Golden Road Brewing, Great Basin Brewing Co., Great Lakes Brewing Co., Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Harpoon Brewery, Hilton Head Brewing Co., HopSaint, Iron Springs Pub and Brewery, John Harvard’s Brewery and Ale House, KUKA (Andean Brewing Company), La Cumbre Brewing Co., Latitude 42 Brewing Co., Mad Jack Brewing Co., Monkey Paw Brewing, Mother’s Brewing Co., Mt. Tabor Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing Company, Noble Ale Works, NOLA Brewing, Odell Brewing Co., Pike Brewing Co., Pizza Port Brewing Co., Recess Brewing LLC, Russian River Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Societe Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co., Stone’s Throw Brewing, Straight to Ale, The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company, The Brooklyn Brewery, The New Buffalo Brewing Co., The Rare Barrel, Third Street Aleworks, Thorn Street Brewery, Triple Rock Brewery, Triple Voodoo Brewery and Tap Room, TripleHorn Brewing Co., Tröegs Brewing Company, Uinta Brewing Co., Union Craft Brewing, Voyageur Brewing Company, Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Willimantic Brewing Co., and Wormtown Brewery.
Wouldn’t you rather drink an ale to support ALS than dump a bucket of ice on your head? I know I would.
For more information about Ales for ALS, please visit http://www.alesforals.com.
About the ALS Therapy Development Institute
The ALS Therapy Development Institute and its scientists actively discover and develop treatments for ALS. We are the world’s first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research. Led by people living with ALS and their families, we understand the urgent need to slow and stop this disease. For more information, visit http://www.als.net.