Raise a Pint and Help Find Cures for ALS!

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This year we've been proud to support of Ales for ALS™, a program that breweries from around the world have joined to help #EndALS by crafting great beers.

Over the past seven years, breweries such as Bell's Brewery, Faction Brewing, and Cigar City Brewing have joined the program and helped to raise money for ALS research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI).

According to Wayne Wembles, Brewmaster at Cigar City Brewing, as the brewery began to rapidly grow in the early 2010s, their volume reached that of a regional brewery (15,000 bbls annually), allowing them to begin allocating and selecting their hops. Every year the team made a trip to Yakima to pick out hops at Loftus Farms. That's where they learned about Ales for ALS™.

"One of the Loftus family members was impacted by ALS. We were asked if we would like to participate in a project that raised money for ALS research in hopes of finding a cure one day," says Wembles. "We gladly accepted!"

In 2013, co-owners of Bale Breaker Brewing Company—Meghann Quinn, her husband Kevin Quinn, and Meghan's brother Kevin Smith (known as "Smitty")—helped start the Ales for ALS™ program with Mike and Cheryl Smith from YCH and Loftus Ranches. 

Designed to raise awareness and money to find treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease), the initiative personally hit home for the Quinn and Smith family. Meghann, Smitty, and their parents have nine family members who have passed away from the disease. 

There are currently no treatments for ALS and life expectancy is only three to five years. And while ALS can be devastating for the individuals and families impacted, Ales for ALS™ is proof that hops, beer, a little ingenuity, and a lot of elbow grease can help change the course of a degenerative disease. And hopefully, eventually, even lead to cures.

Tune into this week's episode of the Drinking Socially podcast as special guests Meghann Quinn and Kevin Smith share their story. 

And join us again on Thursday, Aug. 5th, at 7:00 pm ET during Virtual Happy Hour as Mike Shannon, National Director for Ales for ALS™, and Claudia Pamparana, co-owner of Faction Brewing, join Hop Culture Founder Kenny Gould to chat all things Ales for ALS™. 


Participating Ales for ALS™ brewers receive a unique hop blend, created and donated annually by Loftus Ranches and YCH. With the exclusive hop blend, which is provided to participating brewers at no cost, they can each craft and sell their own unique Ales for ALS™ brew.

For example, this year Cigar City brewed a Double IPA fermented with two unique kveik strains, hopped with the Ales for ALS™ Blend #2 and then infused with a Cigar City Brewing staple wood, Spanish Cedar.

"Join us in raising a pint for a worthy cause!" says Wembles.

For every pint of the Ales for ALS™ brew sold, participating brewers donate $1 to support research at ALS TDI. The funds raised are immediately invested into the lab at ALS TDI, where their science team continues to discover and develop potential treatments for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. 

To date, Ales for ALS™ has raised over $3.5 million dollars for ALS TDI.

Now you can help too! 


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Photography courtesy of Cigar City Brewing


This special Ales for ALS™ badge can be earned by checking in any beer from one of these participating breweries between Aug 2, 2021 - Aug 31, 2021.

Badge List:

Alameda Island Brewing Company

Aloha Beer Company

Back Barn Brewing Company

Bale Breaker Brewing Company

Barrel Brothers Brewing

Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Bellwether Brewing Company

Big Barn Brewing Company

Big Grove Brewery

Big Storm Brewing Co.

BlackStack Brewing

Bond Brothers Beer Company

Bootleggers Brewing Co.

Brewery Legitimus

Brew Gentlemen

Brothers Craft Brewing

Brown's Brewing Company


Burgeon Beer Company

Butler Brew Works

Cahaba Brewing Company

Cambridge Brewing Company

Camino Brewing

Canyon Club Brewery

Cigar City Brewing

Cisco Brewers

Collision Bend Brewing Company

Columbus Brewing Company

Concord Craft Brewing Company

Connecticut Valley Brewing Company

COVA Brewing Company

Crane Brewing Company

Crazy Rooster Brewing Company

Denali Brewing Company

Dogleg Brewing Co.

Faces Brewing Co.

Faction Brewing

Fair Winds Brewing Company

Flytrap Brewing

For The Love Of God Brewing

Forgotten Star Brewing 

Foulmouthed Brewing

Founders Brewing Company

Full Sail Brewing Company

Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant

Gilman Brewing Co.

Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub

Golden Handle Project

Golden Road Brewing

Goodwood Brewing

Great Basin Brewing Company

Great Burn Brewing

Great Divide Brewing Company

Green Bus Brewing

Griffin Claw Brewing Company

Grist House Craft Brewery

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Harmonic Brewing

Hop Chaos Brewing Company

Hop Nuts Brewing

HopSaint Brewing Company

HUDL Brewing Company

Humble Abode Brewing 

Idle Hands Craft Ales

Iron Furnace Brewing

Isle Brewers Guild

Keel Farms Agrarian Ale + Cider

Lamplighter Brewing Co.

Lazy Hiker Brewing Co.

Limitless Brewing 

little Lake Brewing

Loma Brewing Company

Los Angeles Ale Works

Lost Cabin Beer Co.

Lost Evenings Brewing Company

Mad Malts Brewing

Manhattan Brewing Company

Martin City Brewing Company

Medusa Brewing Company

Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co.

Milwood Brewing Company

Mission Brewery

Monkless Belgian Ales

Moonshot Brewing

Mountain Lakes Brewing Company

Nevada Brew Works

New Belgium Brewing Company

New River Brewing 

Noon Whistle Brewing

Oaklyn Springs Brewery

Odell Brewing Co.

Old Ellsworth Brewing Company

Old Planters Brewing Co.

OMNI Brewing Co.

Ordnance Brewing

Ozark Beer Company

Perry Street Brewing

Pilot Brewing Company

Pinthouse Pizza

Pollyanna Brewing Company

Pontoon Brewing 

Powers Farm & Brewery

Precious Things Fermentation Project

Ragged Island Brewing Company

RAM Restaurant & Brewery

Reinvention Brewing 

Republic of Cider

Reuben's Brews

Revision Brewing Company

Rhinegeist Brewery

River City Brewing

Scissortail Brewing Company

Scratchtown Brewing Company

Second Sin Brewing Company

Shoeless Brewing Co.

Shorts Brewing Company

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Singin' River Brewing Company

Sonder Brewing 

Souris River Brewing

Squirrel Fight Artisan Brewing

Standard Beer + Food

Stellwagen Beer Company

Stone Brewing

Stoneface Brewing Company

Stone's Throw Brewing

Streetcar 82 Brewing Co.

Tetrad Brewing Company

The Big Rip Brewing Company

The Boston Beer Company

The FarmHouse Brewery

The Florida Brewery

The Grain Shed

Trace Brewing

Tributary Brewing Company

True North Ale Company

Tuckerman Brewing Company

Upper Room Brewery

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse

Vulgar Brewing Company

Wandering Soul Beer

Water's End Brewery

Whistle Punk Brewing

White Rock Alehouse and Brewery

Wild Ride Brewing

Willimantic Brewing Company

Willow Rock Brewing Company

Wissahickon Brewing Company

Wolf Hollow Brewing Company

Wolf's Ridge Brewing

Wormtown Brewery

Wrightsville Beach Brewery

Y Bridge Brewing

Yo-Ho Brewing Company

What are you waiting for? Go out and drink one of these special beers and help raise money for Ales for ALS™. 


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