Even with the economic hardships that most are facing as a result of COVID-19, it looks like there is still room for altruism in the brewing community. Inspired by their fellow brewers, Tree House Brewing Company (Charlton, Massachusetts) has used one of their latest, and most notable releases, to give back to the brewing community.
The release of their beer, Tree of Life – Port, is notable on its own. Aging this American Style Barleywine in Port barrels, Tree House is beginning to see the fruits of their barrel-aged program. They emphasize this is just the tip of the iceberg, and we should expect more to come.
Perhaps the bigger story with the release of this beer is that proceeds from it will be donated to the Michael Jackson Foundation for Brewing and Distilling to help fund scholarships for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. If you are unfamiliar with Michael Jackson or his foundation, I implore you to visit this website (https://www.themjf.org/) to learn more.
The initial sale for Tree of Life – Port saw over $19,000 in contributions to the foundation. In a true showing of charity, Tree House went above and beyond by matching its customer’s donations, bringing the total amount raised to $40,000. A great showing of how both beer fans and brewers can help lift the economy of the brewing industry.
(Photo Credit: Tree House Brewing Company)