Greenport Harbor creates ‘Resilience’ IPA to benefit Camp Fire victims

Brewer Mike Rizzo empties the mash from the tank. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. joined hundreds of craft beer makers from all corners of the country Tuesday to brew a special beer to help those impacted by the Camp Fire in California.

Resilience IPA — brewed on Giving Tuesday — is more than just a symbolic gesture of the craft beer industry uniting to help those impacted by the devastating fires, 100 percent of the proceeds go toward supporting the communities affected.

“We jumped at the chance,” said Duffy Griffiths, director of brewing operations at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company. “One thing that draws so many people to this industry is that we all work together. The response from all the breweries is pretty cool.”

The nationwide fundraising effort was launched by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, whose main brewery is located near where much of the destruction has occurred. Sierra Nevada created Resilience IPA to raise funds for their neighbors in need and asked craft breweries across the United States to participate by brewing their own version and selling it.

Greenport Harbor head brewer Pat Alfred put his own stamp on the straightforward IPA recipe. The beer is lighter in color and has a higher ABV percentage than the original. Alfred also used different hops for citrus and white grapefruit notes. Country Malt Group donated the malt and Yakima Chief Hops donated the hops for the Greenport version of the brew.

Head brewer Pat Alfred, director of brewing operations Duffy Griffiths and brewer Mike Rizzo made the Resilience IPA Tuesday morning. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

“It is ever-so-slightly different because of the hops,” he said. “They encouraged us to make it our own. I didn’t tweak it too much, we put the Greenport spin on it.”

On some level Sierra Nevada beers may already have a little Greenport in their recipes. Greenport Harbor’s original head brewer DJ Swanson currently brews for Sierra Nevada.

“It is a local tie,” Griffiths said.

This isn’t Greenport Harbor’s first brew for a cause. The brewery established “The Giving Tank,” which is set aside for special brews that benefit the community. Previous brews included a kelp beer to raise awareness for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s marine program. Another dubbed “Surge Protector” was made in collaboration with a number of other Long Island breweries to help Hurricane Sandy victims.

More than 1,000 breweries nationwide took part in brewing Resilience IPA on Giving Tuesday. Some others on Long Island, included 1940’s Brewing Company and Blue Point Brewing Company.

Greenport Harbor produced a seven-barrel batch — roughly 14 kegs worth — of the Resilience IPA. It will be ready to drink at both locations on Friday, Dec. 14.

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