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Silver City Brewery crafts beer to benefit Puget Sound fire fighters
Today Silver City Brewery & the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund are proud to announce the presentation of the first check from the proceeds raised through the sales of Silver City Saint Florian IPA. Silver City Brewery will present the, approximately $14,000 check, Dec 3, 2012 in Olympia at the WSCFF headquarters. Saint Florian IPA was first released in March of this year and is an annual offering and year round fundraiser for the WSCFFBF.
Saint Florian, is the patron saint of firefighters and a northwest IPA brewed by Silver City Brewery designed to raise money for Washington State Council of Fire Fighters Benevolent Funds. Part of the proceeds from each bottle and keg of Saint Florian IPA sold goes directly to the Benevolent Fund where the beer is purchased in the region. Silver City Brewery owner Scott Houmes said, “We are very proud to grow our long-standing relationship with the Professional Fire Fighters of Kitsap County Benevolent Association. Saint Florian IPA enables us to extend that relationship to other areas around the Puget Sound.”
Silver City Brewery, located in Kitsap County, WA, has helped raise money for the Kitsap Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund every year since 2001 through their annual Oktoberfest Celebration. In that time the Oktoberfest event has raised over $30,000 for the Professional Firefighters of Kitsap County Benevolent Fund.
Owner Scott Houmes was inspired to expand the fundraising reach of Silver City Brewery for WA State Fire Fighters through a commemorative beer offering. Early in 2012 Scott presented the idea to local Kitsap Fire Fighters and asked if they approved and would help in naming the beer. Saint Florian, the patron saint of Fire Fighters, came back as the obvious choice.
Of this Kitsap Local Fire Fighter Benevolent Fund President, Brian Danskin had this to say “The benevolent fund was established years ago to assist our own members in times of tragedy. Our members put their lives on the line for others every day and are happy to assist others when tragedy strikes them. This fund allows our members some support when the rescuer needs rescuing. We have evolved this fund into a 501c3 so that we can help those in the community and across the State in times of need. Silver City Brewery has single handedly made this dream a reality with their support to our Fund. We are fortunate to have this type of commitment and support from Silver City Brewery and are excited to see where this new partnership will take us.” Saint Florian IPA is now able to help the Fund for the entire state.
Saint Florian IPA raises funds wherever it is sold in Washington. Of this Brewmaster Don Spencer said “We are very honored to present Saint Florian IPA, not only as a great IPA, but as way to help raise funds for the Benevolent Fund around the Puget Sound. We hope it will also help raise awareness about the Benevolent Fund, as well as the story of Saint Florian, the Patron Saint of Firefighters.”