A Colorado benefit beer helping Healthcare, Hospitality, Service Industry, and Gig Economy workers impacted by Covid-19
Colorado Strong Pale Ale is a benefit beer made with Colorado ingredients by Colorado breweries to support the local supply chain, neighborhood breweries, and raise funds for the Colorado Strong Fund to provide aid in response to the impacts of Covid-19 across Colorado
The Left Hand Brewing Foundation and the Colorado Brewers Guild in partnership with the Ball Corporation and On Tap Credit Union will supply free ingredients and the recipe for Colorado Strong Pale Ale to brewers across Colorado. 20% of all sales of Colorado Strong Pale Ale will return to the Colorado Strong Fund and will be allocated directly to provide assistance to healthcare, hospitality, service industry, and gig economy workers across the state.
By purchasing a pint, crowler, or even a keg of Colorado Strong Pale Ale from your local brewery you not only provide a charitable contribution, but help your favorite brewery to make payroll, keep the tasting room open, and most importantly, keep brewing delicious beers for years to come!
Click on any brewery logo below to find out how and when to get their version of Colorado Strong Pale Ale!
Want to contribute directly? Donate directly to the Colorado Strong Fund!
Scroll on for in depth information on the beer, recipe, suppliers, the fund itself, and how donations will be used to help the community!
Due to overwhelming interest, registrations are currently closed to new breweries. Please click the button below to let us know you are interested and join the waitlist. Thank you!
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Colorado Strong Fund
Partners & Sponsors
The Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) is a nonprofit trade association with the mission to promote, protect, and propel independent craft breweries in the State of Craft Beer through advocacy, community, education, and public awareness. The majority of the state’s 400+ licensed breweries are members.
The Left Hand Brewing Foundation is committed to brewing a stronger community where we work, live and play. The LHBF supports primary needs, community support groups, arts and cultural activities, housing projects, medical research, and responds to issues and emergencies in the Longmont Community and beyond.
A healthy business depends on thriving communities. Ball's commitment to the communities where we live and operate has been an integral part of our corporate culture ever since the five Ball brothers founded the company in 1880. We support organizations, programs and civic initiatives that advance sustainable livelihoods.
For over 65 years, On Tap Credit Union has been committed to supporting the local community in which it does business. This commitment has included donations, events, on-site membership support, engaging with new members, and supporting the community in disaster relief efforts.
Colorado Strong Pale Ale
Every participating brewery will receive malt and hops completely free of charge, delivered to their door, as well as the recipe for Colorado Strong Pale Ale. The Colorado Strong Fund will directly pay malt and hop suppliers for their goods, including the costs associated with shipping and delivery.
By signing up to brew this beer, each brewery commits to making a fully tax deductible donation to the Left Hand Brewing Foundation equal to 20% of their gross sales of Colorado Strong Pale Ale. These funds will be earmarked and restricted to use only to provide aid and assistance to the Colorado community.
The Colorado Brewers Guild and the Left Hand Brewing Foundation will not assess any administrative or oversight costs to funds raised, and 100% of the funds will be used to benefit the Colorado community. Recommendations on use of these funds will be made by the Colorado Strong Advisory Committee and approved by the LHBF Board of Directors, pursuant to our bylaws and state and federal charitable giving laws.
The recipe for Colorado Strong Pale Ale is also available to homebrewers! Make a charitable donation of $25 or more to the Colorado Strong Fund and we will supply you with the recipe and links to purchase the very same ingredients from Colorado Hop Company and Root Shoot Malting. See below in FAQ for full homebrew details!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Sign Up?
Click the Sign Up button above!
Where Can I Find The Beer?
Your local craft brewery! For a listing of all breweries signed up, please scroll down.
How Are You Using The Funds Raised?
Funds raised will be donated to the community to support Healthcare, Hospitality, Service Industry, and Gig Economy Workers affected by Covid-19. The fund will be administered by our Advisory Committee, made up of representatives from across the state and various parts of the brewing industry.
Why Healthcare, Hospitality, Service Industry And Gig Economy Workers?
This is an area of need identified by the State of Colorado and highlighted by the Help Colorado Now campaign. CBG and LHBF are ideally suited to support these areas thanks to our connections across Colorado. Specific grants and aid will be decided by the Advisory Committee, more information will be made available soon.
How Does This Help My Local Brewery?
Ingredients have been provided free of charge, meaning that the brewery has no fixed costs for this beer! Purchasing the beer generates 80% gross profit for the brewery and 20% in charitable contribution to the Colorado Strong Fund. We hope that when you purchase this beer, you also purchase a six-pack, crowler, growler, merchandise or other goods to support your neighborhood brewery!
Can I Donate Directly?
Absolutely! Donate above using the secure donations portal!
Why The Left Hand Brewing Foundation?
LHBF is a 501c3 non-profit, allowing all donations to be tax deductible, unlike the CBG, which is our trade guild and a 501c6. Additionally, thanks to a Payroll Protection Loan (not available to the CBG), LHBF is able to pay staff to work full time and take on a project like this without incurring additional costs. This joint effort allows both organizations to give input and direction, while leveraging the resources of both!
What If My Favorite Brewery Isn't Listed?
They may not have joined the program yet! Send them an email or facebook message and share this website with them to encourage them to join the effort!
How Do I Get The Homebrew Recipe?
To brew Colorado Strong Pale Ale at home all you need to do is make a donation of $25 or more using the portal above, then send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Homebrew Colorado Strong”! We will provide the recipe and links to purchase the ingredients from a Colorado homebrew supply shop! It’s a great way to homebrew, support suppliers, local business, and donation to charity all at once!
Colorado Strong Fund
The Colorado Strong Fund will allocate funds to provide aid and assistance to healthcare, hospitality, service industry, and gig economy workers in Colorado. Specific Allocation of the funds will be the result of recommendations from the Colorado Strong Advisory Committee based on current needs and requests from the community. To submit ideas or recommendations on how these funds might be used, feel free to email email@example.com. More information on the fund, applications for aid, and use of funds will be available once initial brewery signups are complete.
Colorado Strong Fund Advisory Committee
Shawnee Adelson - Colorado Brewers Guild Executive Director
Eric Kean - LHBF Executive Director
Mark Boelman - LHBF Treasurer
Megan Sanford - Ball Corporation
Emily Olander - Root Shoot Malting
Scott Ziebell- Colorado Hop Company
Jeff Joslin - Left Hand Brewing Company - Longmont, CO
Katie Hill - Upslope Brewing Company - Boulder, CO
Dave Bergen - Joyride Brewing Company - Edgewater, CO
Kristin Popcheff - WeldWerks Brewing - Greeley, CO
Jason Ford - Broken Compass Brewing - Breckenridge, CO
Scott Davidson - Wiley Roots Brewing - Greeley, CO
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Colorado Strong Merchandise
Colorado Strong T-shirts are available now. All sales benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild.
The Left Hand Brewing Foundation is committed to brewing a stronger community where we work, live and play.