4 Rockford area breweries join forces for ‘Resilience IPA’

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Four local breweries are joining hundreds across the country for a good cause.

Prairie Street Brewing Co. in Rockford, Hairy Cow in Byron, Pig Minds in Machesney Park and Generations in Freeport are teaming up with 1,400 breweries across the country to brew the same beer, the “Resilience IPA.”

“All of the breweries will get 2.5 barrels to sell in their tap rooms and then all of the proceeds will go to Sierra Nevada’s Camp Fire relief fund,” says Reed Sjostrom, the vice president and co-founder of Prairie Street Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada thought of the idea, set up the “Camp Fire Relief Fund” and asked breweries to join in. The national company will provide the recipe and will reimburse breweries for the ingredients. The catch? One-hundred percent of profits across the country will go to fire victims.

“It’s kind of cool because you can go to a lot of breweries in Chicago or other places and try this same recipe and see what their kind of iteration of the recipe is. Then you can come here, Pig Minds, Generations, Hairy Cow and see what we all made together,” Sjostrom said.

Each brewery will send about $3,000 to the relief fund. You can find Resilience IPA on tap on Jan. 16.

Audrey Moon

Audrey Moon

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