[Update: It is actually Cavalier Distributing in Ohio, not Indiana]
Last week, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, leaving thousands dead, many injured and a nation in dire need of International help. A friend of mine lost her mother and grandmother, and her father was left badly injured. This fate is all too common for many people in Haiti right now.
Individuals have poured millions into Haiti through donations made over mobile phones. On Monday, Mobile Giving reported, “Over $21 Million in $10 donations raised for the people of #Haiti through the @RedCross text HAITI to 90999 campaign.”
Troops from various countries are now on the ground in Haiti supporting the relief effort including fellow Beer Editor at Mutineer Magazine, Brian Kropf. Brian tweeted about his first day in the country on Monday.
Craft breweries and those supporting them are doing what they can to help the country as well. Here are some examples of businesses donating proceeds from sales. If you know of more, please share in the comments.
From 1/18-1/22, The Hop and Vine (bar and bottle shop) in Portland, OR is donating 5% of all proceeds.
Now through Sunday, High Gravity Homebrewing Supplies in Tulsa, OK, is donating 1% of all sales to Doctors without Borders. They also donated $100 this past week on behalf of the store’s employees.
According to the Circle 3 Concepts blog, Ohio is doing its part: “The week of Jan 18-22 Cavalier Distributing will be donating $1 from every case of beer sold from our warehouse in the state of Ohio. ” & “On Cavalier’s side of things, we are going to be donating $1 for every case of beer that we sell next week. In addition, Cavalier is going to match any donations that our sales staff makes next week as well.”
Courtesy of STL Hops, “On Tuesday evening, January 18th, The Good Pie will be donating all of the proceeds from food and beverage sales to MercyCorps.org.
On Tuesday as well, all three Pi Pizzeria locations will be donating 20% of their gross sales to MercyCorps.org.”
On Tuesday, Empire Eats restaurants and bars in North Carolina (including the Raleigh Times Bar) will be donating 100% of proceeds to the Red Cross.
Colorado’s Rackhouse Pub will have live music on Tuesday night with 10% of all bar sales going to Oxfam. The brewery will be taking donations at the door in lieu of a cover charge with a free Great Divide beer going to each donor.
Wednesday – From the I Love Beer Blog, “This Wednesday, Scholz [Garden] can not only make you feel good, it can help you do good: It will hold a benefit for Haiti relief that evening, 5-7:30pm [...] All donations go to the Salvation Army’s work in Haiti.”
On Thursday, Left Hand Brewing is holding a fundraiser: “All donations, earnings from the silent auction, tips for the band, and $1/pint sold will go directly to the Louisville based Colorado Haiti Project, that has provided aid in Haiti for over 20 years.”
On Thursday, “Cavalier Distributing and the Mainstay Rock Bar in Cincinnati will be teaming up for Haitian relief efforts. Thursday, January 21st, there will be a event, including auction at Mainstay Rock Bar in downtown Cincinnati. Being auctioned off will be Stone Brewing’s Vertical Epic, 7 bottles of the ‘03 thru ‘09 releases, one for each year. Starting bid with be $100.00. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross to provide aid to the Haiti” – (again, via Circle 3 Concepts).
Ongoing in Chicago: “For every Publican hoodie purchased ($35), $10 will be donated to a relief fund for Haiti #thepublican2008″
From a Sixpoint Brewing tweet: “doing our part to help Haiti; donating beer to raise cash for events at Brooklyn Bowl and the Bell House, please support #haiti #beer”
Finally, non-craft beer but for good measure . . . “Molson Coors Canada will match employee #haiti relief donations up to max 5K per employee”
Last Thursday, staff at L’Enfant Cafe-Bar in Washington D.C. donated 10% of their tips.
Also from last Thursday, Bristol Brewing co-sponsored the Benefit for Haiti concert at The Ritz Grill tonight. $3 Bristol beers all night long, and 100% of the sales of Bristol beers go to the American Red Cross Haiti relief fund.”
Late last week, Carver Brewing donated $3 from each sale of its Strong Ale to the Haiti relief effort.
Squatters Pub and Brewery in Utah matched all individual donations dollar for dollar made at the pub this past weekend.
Depot Brewing donated $1 from every growler sale on Friday and Saturday.
Over the weekend, Brooklyn Brewery donated 10% of all merchandise sales at the Boston Beer Summit to the Salvation Army Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.
This past Saturday, Michigan’s Arcadia Ales donated 100% of on-site tap sales to the Haiti relief effort. Proceeds went to
Doctors Without Borders, Catholic Relief Services and the American Red Cross.
Oregon’s Bridgeport Brewpub donated all tips during Happy Hour on Saturday.
Also on Saturday, near Los Angeles, Eagle Rock Brewing donated 20% of all sales of Revolution XPA in the taproom to Haiti over the weekend.
On Saturday, Risque Cafe held a fundraiser in Chicago: “in efforts to raise money for the American Red Cross International Response Fund Starting at 8 p.m. we will tap a keg. For a $10 donation ($5 when you bring a nonperishable food item to be donated) you can take part in our kill a keg fund-raiser.”
On Sunday, Washington-based Beveridge Place Pub raised over $3,000 at a fundraiser.
The Bruery donated 100% of all on-premise sales for Rugbrød over the weekend to the Red Cross Haitian Relief fund.
On Monday, Library Alehouse in California donated 10% of all sales to the American Red Cross for Haiti relief.
On Monday, Shipyard Brewing held a fundraiser at Brian Boru’s pub in Portland, ME.
A tweet from Full Sail Brewing: “Doing what we can by donating to the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund. We’re all stricken by the tragedy that continues to unfold in Haiti.”
A big thanks to those contributing to the efforts down in Haiti and I hope that other craft breweries/businesses will continue the effort.