Iowa breweries collaborate to raise $13K for river cleanup efforts

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Big Grove Brewery, Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. and Lua Brewing participated in some hands-on cleanup in Iowa rivers during the 20th annual Iowa Project A.W.A.R.E.

According to a news release, the breweries have volunteered time and donated proceeds raised from the release of “Project Hop Fisch,” an IPA dedicated to supporting Iowa water quality, to Iowa Project A.W.A.R.E.

“This is the muscle behind fundraising efforts,” said Rob Miller, director of content at Big Grove Brewery, in the release. “It allows you to feel like you’re doing something because you show up at the end of the day with a boatload of trash pulled from the river.” 

A total of $13,000 was donated to Project A.W.A.R.E., Iowa’s largest volunteer river expedition, which aims to remove 1 million pounds of debris in its 20th year.

“As a non-profit, we wouldn’t be able to do this without sponsors,” said Laura Semken, Project A.W.A.R.E. board member, in the release. “It’s a game changer to get people canoeing in the water to raise awareness about the beauty and importance of our rivers and watersheds and the fact we need to get it cleaner.

Big Grove Brewery, Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., and Lua Brewing have collaborated on recipe development and the release of Project Hop Fisch double hazy IPA for the past two years.

“You cannot have good beer without clean water,” noted Sarah Moellers, marketing director for Toppling Goliath, in the release. “Every step we take with Project Hop Fisch, we are working toward clean watersheds, strengthening the brewing community, and strengthening with friends.”

Project Hop Ficsh Collaboration Brew Day Group Photo
A group photo on “Collaboration Brew Day.” CREDIT BIG GROVE BREWERY