Local brewers sharing beer recipe to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis

Published: Apr. 28, 2017 at 10:31 PM EDT
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Special recipes are typically closely guarded secrets. But local craft brewers are sharing one recipe with each other to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis.

Inside Vinton's Twin Creeks Brewing, it's detail-oriented work. Making beer is truly a labor of love.

"One of our corporate goals is to give back to the community through charitable events so we found this an excellent opportunity to fit into what we want to do as a company," Twin Creeks Brewing Co-Owner Andy Bishop said.

Craft Brewers across Southwest Virginia teamed up for the Brewer's Ball benefiting Cystic Fibrosis research. Beer and charity go hand in hand but this is truly one of a kind.

"We are so excited nine local craft breweries have come together to do a collaboration brew called Breathe of Life just for this event," Andy Bishop said.

Chaos Mountain's Joe Hallock came up with the idea.

"Getting a bunch of brewers together is kind of like herding cats," Hallock, co-owner of Chaos Mountain Brewing, said.

Brewing takes time, so he made sure this wouldn't slip away.

"We're brewing a Bière de Garde and it has rose hips in it. Basically everyone is going to do their own variation on a theme, different yeasts, different grain build, we had one basic recipe that I sent out and everyone agreed to it but we're all brewers and we all do our own thing," Hallock said.

Twin Creeks wasted no time getting started, with taps in the coming weeks.

"When we brew I like to use traditional ingredients. The nice thing about this style for this collaboration is a Beer de Garde is pretty much an open palate," Twin Creeks Co-Owner Jason Bishop said.

And when you make it, you like to drink it. The excitement for this one is no different.

"Everybody really gets along well, we all help each other out, so doing a collaboration, it's the natural thing to do," Jason Bishop said.

The beer will be for sale in a few weeks. This year's Brewers Ball is in June.

Tickets are still available.