Cigar City Brewing to distribute 163,200 cans of drinking water to Hurricane Irma victims

Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing and Ball Corporation teamed up with CAN’d Aid Foundation to can and ship 163,200 cans of water to residents of several Florida counties who lack access to clean drinking water or are under water boil notices due to Hurricane Irma.

  • Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado halted beer canning on Friday, September 8th to fill cans of water

  • 163,200 cans of fresh, safe water arrived to the Tampa brewery today, September 14th

  • 383,400 total cans donated to hurricane relief in the past two weeks

    Oskar Blues Brewing Cans Water

WHEN:      The trucks are estimated to arrive today

  • Two trucks to arrive at the City of Naples at 270 Riverside Circle in Naples, Florida

  • One truck arrived early this morning to Cigar City Brewing at 3924 W Spruce St in Tampa, Florida

WHY:     Hurricane Irma blasted the state with devastating winds, rain and flooding that resulted in contaminated and broken water supplies. Oskar Blues Brewery canned water in cans donated from Ball Corporation with support from CAN’d Aid Foundation to distribute with partners at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida for disaster relief.

Water_Forklifted off of Oskar Blues

Can’d Aid is a 501c3 started by Dale Katechis, founder of Oskar Blues Brewery, in 2013 following the Colorado flooding that devastated Lyons, CO, the hometown of Oskar Blues Brewery. What started as a response to the 2013 floods in ColoRADo has now raised more than $2,700,000 to support four program areas: Towns, Tunes, Treads + Trails and Love Yur Mama. 871,400 cans of water have been shipped to communities in need of safe drinking water such as Flint, MI, South Carolina and Louisiana since 2016. The foundation is a publicly funded non-profit and has evolved into an irreverent nonprofit focused on nation-wide “do-goodery.”

  • 871,400 cans of water shipped to communities in need of safe drinking water

  • More than $15,000 raised by CAN’d Aid Foundation for TX just this week – Donations accepted here – Oskar Blues is matching all donations made up to $50K

  • 4,800 cans to Denham Springs, LA arrived last week – for flooding last week, just in time for Hurricane Harvey

  • $800K donated to help small businesses + families in Lyons and Longmont recover/rebuild from floods

  • Muck + gut/rebuilding trips to: Lyons, CO (2014), Georgetown, SC (2015), Baton Rouge, LA (2016)

About Oskar Blues
Founded 20 years ago in Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse with their hand-canned, flagship brew Dale’s Pale Ale. Today, Oskar Blues is one of the fastest growing breweries in the country and operates breweries in Colorado, North Carolina and Texas. Oskar Blues produced more than  200,000 barrels in 2016 and Dale’s Pale Ale earned the nation’s top-selling craft can six-pack at U.S supermarkets. The original craft beer canners continue to push innovation with creations like The CROWLER, Hotbox Coffee Roasters, B. Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Sodas, The Oak Room, Oskar Blues Fooderies, REEB Cycles and the cycling inspired accommodations and event space at REEB Ranch in North Carolina. Oskar Blues is available in all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., parts of Canada, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Brazil, and South Korea.

Oskar Blues and Dale Katechis established the CAN’d Aid Foundation, a publicly funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose “do-goodery” has raised $2.6 million in four focused areas:

  • Towns – building strong communities

  • Tunes – for your eyeholes and earholes

  • Treads + Trails – get outside and get after it

  • Love Yur Mama – save the blue marble

About Cigar City Brewing
Cigar City Brewing, makers of Jai Alai and Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout, was founded in 2009 by Joey Redner with the goal of creating quality beer that reflected the flavors and history of the Tampa region.  This unique perspective resonated with the local and national markets alike and the brewery has quickly grown from 1,000 barrels of beer in 2009 to an excess of 65,000 barrels produced in 2016. The 2016 partnership with Oskar Blues of Lyons, Colorado ushered in a new era of growth for this Florida-based organization, with new markets and technologies on the horizon.

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