As defined by Oxford, resilience is “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.” This applies to almost anything. And we, as human beings, are no different. But we might need a little help. Sometimes, an entire community’s worth of help. Resilience IPA and the entire beer community is now part of that help.
To aid those affected by the recent wildfires, Sierra Nevada is making a beer and sending the proceeds go to the Camp Fire relief fund. Sierra Nevada also put out a challenge to all breweries to do the same, and as of this writeup, more than 1,000 breweries have responded. With the help of several suppliers of raw materials, these participating breweries will make the beer in the next couple of days or so (if they haven’t already) and will start to roll it out in the tasting rooms in the next week or two.
I could not be more proud of these Orange County brewers for contributing in the aid of our northern neighboring communities. Thank you for representing the O.C. beer industry! As of this publication, participating O.C. breweries are:
- Barley Forge
- Bottle Logic
- Chapman Crafted
- Cismontane Docent
- Game Craft
- Karl Strauss
- Lost Winds
- Pizza Port
- The Bruery
- Off Shoot
- Good Beer Co.
- Tustin Brewing
As for the actual beer, it should be a solid, sweet yet bitter, and resiny IPA. It will be interesting, however, to see how each beer will differ from brewery to brewery, sometimes only miles or minutes — or walking distance — away. There are so many factors that could determine why these beers might taste slightly or even drastically different from one another. Did all brewers use the same water chemistry? Did the brewing equipment play a factor? Or something as insignificant as the grain mill at each individual brewery will be the deciding factor. The only way to find out without getting too much into the engineering and science behind it all is to taste them when they are released. Plus, it’s for a good cause, so there’s an incentive.
As someone who loves the beer industry as much as I do, flaws and all, I can’t tell you proud I am to be writing this about my friends helping one another. That is why, in advance of my compensation for this article, I too am donating my proceeds. If nothing else, this shows and encourages our resilience.
For more information on Resilience IPA, visit Sierra Nevada’s website here: https://www.sierranevada.com/resilience-butte-county-proud-ipa
Editor’s note: Charlie Perez is an Advanced Cicerone® who covers the Orange County beer scene for the Booze Blog.