Grillin & Chillin Alehouse in Hollister is doing what it does best while giving back to victims of the Camp Fire.
The local business is among craft brewers across the country making a special beer called Resilience IPA to benefit victims of the Butte County fire. The now-contained blaze has a rising death count nearing 90 and destroyed thousands of homes while burning more than 153,000 acres, according to authorities.
Grillin & Chillin owner Chuck Frowein and employees were working on producing the beer Tuesday morning. The business is among hundreds of brewers making the Resilience IPA beer in an effort spearheaded by Chico-based Sierra Nevada, which shared the recipe with other brewers to raise the funds.
“We started brewing that today,” Frowein told San Benito Live.
He said Grillin & Chillin plans to release the beer at an event Dec. 12 with 100 percent of sales proceeds going back to the Sierra Nevada Brewery Relief Fund to benefit Camp Fire victims. He said Paradise, where the fire occurred, has similarities to Hollister. He noted how customers and employees had families connected to the community.
“They’re a small town kind of like us,” he said. “They were devastated.”
Frowein said the brewing community as a whole is “very supportive and very collaborative.” He projects Grillin & Chillin alone could raise $5,000 to $8,000 from the effort.
As for the event surrounding the release, he expects to have music and entertainment for visitors.
“Anything we can do to help the community,” was the mantra from Frowein on the issue.
Photo Caption: Chuck Frowein works on the Resilience IPA beer Tuesday. Courtesy of Frowein.