Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on all the things we are grateful for. I want to praise and thank a few local breweries that go out of their way to give back to the community.


 As stated in The Lagunitas Brewing Company website, “Lagunitas Brewing Company takes pride in its support of the Community and is glad to donate beer to help with fundraising efforts of nonprofit organizations and schools both locally and across the country.” The amount of fundraisers and non-profit organizations Lagunitas Brewing Company donates to is enormous. They donate more beer in a year than some breweries produce in that same amount of time. 


Russian River Brewing Company is another brewery that prides themselves on giving back to the local community. Their month long fundraising effort for the fight against breast cancer in October resulted in a check for the amount of $141,305.04 being presented to Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation.


The Valley Fire Fundraiser, currently underway, is Bear Republic’s way of raising money for victims of the Valley Fire disaster. Bear Republic Brewing Company will be donating all restaurant/pub profits every Tuesday from November 3rd-December 8th. The Norgrove family, who owns Bear Republic, will then match those funds raised. Healdsburg Rotary Noontime Club will also match the funds, and customers are encouraged to add contributions.


Many of the smaller breweries give away their time and beer to non-profit organizations on a regular basis, and these contributions go a long way. Thank you all and Happy Thanksgiving.

-Peter Lopez Jr.

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