Soldotna’s Kenai River Brewing Company is joining thousands of breweries across the country in brewing up a Resilience Butte County Proud IPA to support Californians affected by the Camp wildfire. “We have a number of employees and customers who have friends and family that were affected by the fire,” Doug Hogue, owner of Kenai River Brewing Company, said. “We’re super excited to be able to participate.”
The Resilience IPA is a beer made by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company out of Chico, California. Sierra Nevada shared the recipe with brewers across the nation as a way to fundraise for those impacted by the 2018 Camp Fire in California, which was the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history.
Kenai River Brewing Company released their Resilience IPA Jan. 4, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund, which will help rebuild the Butte County community. Hogue said within the first three days, the brewery sold more than $700 worth of the beer.
Kenai River Brewing followed Sierra Nevada’s recipe and made 15 barrels of the beer, Hogue said.
“We brewed quite a bit,” Hogue said. “It will be available for a while, which will make a good, steady revenue stream into that fund account.”
Several other breweries across Alaska are participating in the fundraiser, including Grace Ridge Brewing in Homer, 49th State Brewing in Anchorage, Anchorage Brewing Company in Anchorage, Bearpaw River Brewing Company in Wasilla, Arkose Brewing Company in Palmer, Midnite Mine Brewing Company in Fairbanks and Hoodoo Brewing Company in Fairbanks.
Residents interested in tasting the Resilience IPA can find it in the Kenai River Brewing Company tasting room.