Fighting Fire with Beer

Montauk Brew Co. Joins the Effort to Support Camp Fire Relief Fund With Limited Edition IPA

If you’re a brewery in the path of a wildfire you might not fight fire with fire, but you would fight it with a beer that spreads like fire. Sierra Nevada, which was just outside the ring of destruction rained on Northern California by the deceptively docile sounding Camp Fire in November is doing just that.

Based in Chico, just a few miles from Paradise, California the city nearly leveled by the fires, Sierra Nevada has created a beer called Resilience IPA with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support those affected by the fire and sent out a call to fellow brewers to join in. They responded with an astonishing show of support.

The Camp Fire, which broke out November 8, devastated Butte County and burned at a rate of a football field per second, scorching 153,000 acres, killing 85 people and destroying 13,000 homes. The Camp Fire quickly became the deadliest wildfire in California’s history and wasn’t contained until the end of November.

Beer can’t necessarily rebuild the county, but it’s a start.

Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman sent out a bat signal to breweries across the nation to brew the Resilience IPA and donate their income from its sales to the fund. Sierra Nevada provided the recipe and sought donations of hops and malt from suppliers to support the effort. The call spread the beer, well, like wildfire. More than 1,400 breweries based their hands to join in the effort.

It was a no-brainer, we had to be a part of this.

Montauk Brew Co. brewmaster Eric Moss (Photo by @joelwcaldwell).

On the East End the beer can be found at Montauk Brew Co. which is releasing their version exclusively in the tap room on December 21.

“It was a no-brainer, we had to be a part of this,” says Montauk Brew Co. co-founder Vaughan Cutillo of the team’s reaction when they received Grossman’s bat signal—a trade email that went to about 7,000 breweries. “It really is rewarding to be part of something this important—even just our 14 kegs can go to support something like this in a substantial way.”