The Camp fire in California burned more than 153 thousand acres and killed at least 85 people. The devastation left people across the country wondering what they can do to help. As a part of a Sierra Nevada campaign, it turns out, it can be a simple as drinking a beer.
Bismarck Brewing just added a new item to their menu.
Jordan Everaert; Owner: “You know, I’ve been looking for ways, since we opened, to give back doing what we do: making beer. I love what I do and want to make a difference with it too.”
Bismarck Brewing is one of over 1,400 breweries selling the Resilience Butte County Proud IPA.
They are one of just 3 breweries participating in the state.
Heath Stocks; Beer Lover: “The cause, and the beer, making it all the way here to North Dakota and here in Bismarck… it was really just an exciting moment for myself personally.”
Heath Stocks is from California.
His friends and family escaped the fire.. but returned home to find nothing left.
Heath Stocks; Beer Lover: “Yeah, it’s just black ground, houses are gone, cars are gone. Their life as they knew it is over and they’re starting anew.”
Stocks says he’ll be on a strict diet in the weeks ahead.
Heath Stocks; Beer Lover: “Being able to be involved with Sierra Nevada, and supporting this beer. every time I buy a beer up here, I will buy this beer until it’s gone. I’m supporting my friends and family back home.”
As for the Bismarck Brewing owner, through this fundraising campaign, he’s learned just how small a community our country can be.
Jordan Everaert; Owner: “Yeah we have people come sit at the bar and they’re like, ‘yeah I know someone’ or ‘I used to live in that area.’ So there’s a lot of personal connection to it and that’s been kind of cool.”
Everaert told me the opportunity to give back has humbled him.
Jordan Everaert; Owner: “Oh yeah absolutely. So be able to say you’ve basically done a collaboration with Sierra Nevada, as small as I am, is kind of a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Only at Bismarck Brewing’s taproom can you get the resilience IPA in the Bismarck Mandan area. You can get a pint for $5, a crowler for $9, or fill a growler for $14. And 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Camp Fire Relief Fund.
Bismarck Brewing’s owner told us they expect 10 to 13 thousand dollars donated to the relief fund from sales. The beer should be available for at least 6 weeks.