Raise a glass to firefighters with charity brews
PRESCOTT - Two new beers are on tap for the Prescott area, thanks to the Prescott Brewing Company and Granite Mountain Brewing - but only for a limited time, and for a good cause.
The Prescott Brewing Company will debut its "Heroes 19" fundraiser beer Monday night, while Granite Mountain Brewing unveiled its fundraiser "Pulaski Porter" Thursday.
Brewers at Prescott Brewing Company, located at 130 W. Gurley Street, will tap the Heroes 19 brew Monday at 5 p.m., followed by a moment of silence for the 19 fallen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds from the sale of the beer, no matter where it is sold, will be donated to the Prescott firefighters charities, said Roxane Nielsen, owner of the Prescott Brewing Company.
The special beer was brewed at the company's microbrewery near the Prescott Airport, but will be on tap at breweries from Tucson through Phoenix, and into northern Arizona and other locations, she said.
"It's a collaborative brew between all the members of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, a nonprofit, statewide organization that a lot of us breweries belong to. We have 35 members in the guild and we had about 20 or 25 brewers from all over the state come up on July 18-19 to brew this batch of beer. It went into fermentation on July 19. We had 19 varieties of hops that were all donated by the various breweries throughout the state."
Nielsen pointed out the Heroes 19 also marks the first statewide brew made by the guild.
"We brewed a 60 barrel batch, so there will be over 100 kegs out there around the state before this beer is gone," Nielsen said. "The Hensley Beverage Company took care of 100 percent of the logistics, from getting the kegs from all the breweries around the state to our plant here in Prescott for filling. They've been delivering them to the plant. All the kegs are filled and Hensley is redistributing them back to all the breweries. They're doing it completely free."
Michael Stanger, head brewer and partner at Granite Mountain Brewing, said the Pulaski Porter a way to celebrate the lives of the Granite Mountain Hotshots as well as the first anniversary of the brewing company located at 123 N. Cortez Street downtown.
"As part of that anniversary, we wanted to do a fundraising beer for both the families in Yarnell and the firefighters. Initially it was going to be an American red beer called Hotshot Red, but unfortunately it wasn't quite up to my standards, so we put on a porter instead," Stanger said, adding that customers are "loving it."
The Pulaski Porter is named for a tool often used by firefighters.
The porter costs $5 a pint, with portions of the proceeds split between the two charities, Stanger said.
As part of their one-year anniversary celebration, Granite Mountain Brewing is also holding a raffle with more than 50 prizes available.