Since December 2013, we've been running our "Cheers to Charity!" Donation Program, which gives back to our amazing local community. At just $5 for a flight of four beers, fresh from the taps, it's a great way to find your FBC favourite. Plus, as all profits go to a variety of worthy local charities, organizations or clubs, you're always drinking for a very worthy cause.
Flights are available during Tasting Room opening hours, and since the program started, we (and you!), have raised over $96,000 so far! So thanks.
The program was set up as a way of giving back. Here at Fernie Brewing Co., we are so fortunate to do business in the Elk Valley and so wanted to find a way of giving back to our local community. Due to the large number of requests FBC receives each year for monetary, and other, donations, as a way of being able to commit to larger donation amounts, Cheers to Charity was created.
Recipients are rotated anywhere on a 4 or 6-week period, depending on the time of year and predicted traffic in the Tasting Room. Recipients can be registered charities, clubs or organizations.
There are four main requirements of FBC’s Cheers to Charity Program:
Donations must directly benefit our local Fernie community
Benefit a group, as opposed to an individual or a team
Recipients must be of legal drinking age
Requesting funding to help programs, which without support, would not be able to operate
Hopeful recipients need to apply via our Contact Page, explaining full details of their fundraising, and where exactly the funds will go. Recipients are chosen based on the season, their cause and their appropriateness to FBC’s mandate.
A huge cheers to our most recent recipients, the Old Type Music Society/Gillbilly Festival, who are raising funds to bring the Gillbilly Festival to Fernie this fall. This "Old-time pickin’, Fly-fishing festival" weekend will be filled with workshops, jams, concerts, and food, and promises to be a great time for all! We are happy to be able to donate $3,269.50 to help make this happen, bringing our total donations to a whopping $92,225.58.
Kicking off what is promising to be a busy summer in Fernie, we are pleased to be welcoming back the Fernie Friends for Friends society for our first summer slot! This group is a staple in our community, and have a close connection with the brewery. They are dedicated to providing financial support to families that are going through cancer treatments, and aim to ease the burden of travel and medical expenses while also offering compassion and emotional support. We are so lucky to have this group in our community and it is always a pleasure to welcome them to the Cheers to Charity board. With the warm weather coming we hope everyone stays thirsty...it's for a good cause!