Brew For One 2022

Brew For One
Just because we can’t do everything for everyone doesn’t mean we can’t do for one what we wish we could do for everyone. Unlike Get Comfortable, our year-round impact initiative designed to address community-level priorities, we created Brew For One around micro-service opportunities, in particular the needs of specific individualsThe program aims to help a neighbor in need and invite others to follow suit. ‘The One’ – which is what we call the recipient every year – is flexible by design. The One can be an individual, a couple, a family, a classroom, an agency, or a natural disaster.

Over the years, the funds raised during our Brew For One release helped seed a college fund for the son of a deceased colleague, invested in Neurofibromatosis medical research, purchased a car for a formerly unhoused person who was getting back on their feet, and last year partnered with the Athens Habitat For Humanity to build an apartment unit for an individual who was transitioning into stable housing.

The Collaboration
In the Brew For One’s fifth year, we decided to pilot the program as a collaborative project in 2022, beginning with WeldWerks Brewing, based in Greeley, CO. In the first half of 2022, we worked alongside the WeldWerks team to help contextualize thisprogram for their community. We then participated in their recipient selection and service project in Greeley (June 2022) before inviting them into our service opportunity here in Athens (September 2022).

The Beer
This year’s collaborative beer involves a selection of special casks in honor of The One. As a symbol of passing on the torch and the collaborative spirit, each brewery selected a singular special stout aging in barrels that they deemed exceptional enough for the project. Once the visiting brewery selected the specific barrel, the host brewery chose another barrel to complement that selection. This special blend of two barrels, hand-picked by each brewery, is a unique beer that cannot be replicated or reproduced.

Brew For One Greeley
WeldWerks is committed to Brewing Better Communities through their four community impact programs, the WeldWerks Community Foundation, and their annual philanthropic beer festival, the WeldWerks Invitational. For their Brew For One recipient, they chose to serve a Weld County-based nonprofit named Jobs of Hope, who supports the re-entry and stability programming for post-incarceration individuals.

While our team members were in Greeley last June for the WeldWerks Invitational and Brew For One barrel selection, we had the chance to interact with the Jobs of Hope leadership, tour their facilities, and even meet ‘The One’ WeldWerks selected this year.

Brew For One Athens
To close the loop and complete the home-and-away barrel selection, we hosted members from WeldWerks the week of September 26th, who participated in a service project coordinated with the Joy Village School: Creature Comforts’ 2022 Brew For One recipient. As a startup private school with a mission to create joyful learning experiences for Black youth, Brew For One helped purchase the school’s core curriculum, helping to set them up for years of success.


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