Sign up for our Newsletter

Duffy Griffiths is brewing a special red ale to aid in Ukraine relief efforts. (Credit: Lee Meyer)

Tradewinds Brewing Company owner Duffy Griffiths had been wondering how he could do his part to aid relief efforts in Ukraine when he heard about a Ukraine-based brewery that was making a difference.

The owner of the Riverhead brewery has joined Brew For Ukraine, an international movement spearheaded by the Federation of Beer and Ukraine brewery Pravda Beer Theatre. Griffiths, along with breweries around the world, is brewing a special beer recipe created by Pravda Beer Theatre and will donate proceeds to relief organizations supporting the embattled nation.

Griffiths had already been planning to brew a limited-time red ale for St. Patrick’s Day and decided to use Pravda’s red ale recipe. 

“It just seemed like the perfect fit and it was perfect timing, and I wanted to get it into the tanks as soon as possible so we could start raising money,” said Griffiths. 

The red ale has just started brewing, and will be lighter when it’s released on Friday. (Credit: Lee Meyer)

The red ale is actually based on American-style beer. “A lot of breweries in Europe do craft American beer,” said Griffiths. “This is a bit of a malt-forward beer.”

The beer will be ready on Friday, March 18 at 3 p.m. Griffiths is planning to run specials all weekend, including during the LepreCon Craft Spirit Crawl on Saturday.

Pravda Beer Theatre released the recipe and special logos and art for the program on an open-source basis. The Ukraine-based brewery is currently not able to open and in late February began making molotov cocktails for the conflict against Russia, according to the group’s website.

Tradewinds Brewing Company is located at 70 West Main Street, Riverhead.