by John Stratton
Every tasty sip will put some of Sandy’s sand back in place—on the beach where it belongs.
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island is introducing a new beer to show its support of the Bring Back the Beach fundraising effort of the Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Bring Back the Beach Blonde Ale” is available at local pubs and liquor stores starting February 15, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Greater Westerly Chamber Foundation for its small-business-recovery grant program.
The ale will also be donated and served at the February 23 “Black & White Masquerade” at the Ocean House, an event that is a fundraiser for the same cause; 500 people will attend. Food stations, music by High Definition, and a silent and live auction are also being devoted to Bring Back the Beach.
The 27 devastated small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy motivated head brewer Josh Letourneau and brewery owners Jennifer and Alan Brinton to conceive the blonde ale idea and they proposed it to executive director Lisa Konicki at the Chamber. Josh then created a special beer that captures the essence of summer. The distributor, McLaughlin & Moran, Yankee Schooner, and Brewer’s Supply donated materials and support to the project.
“We are really excited to present this new beer to the community, and happy that we have found a way to help generate support for the businesses in Misquamicut,” said Jen Brinton.
The Chamber’s Lisa Konicki adds that, “We are so grateful for the creativity and generosity of Grey Sail Brewing. They themselves are a very small, and young business, and this demonstration of caring for their neighbors is truly inspirational. This is one of the most exciting components of our entire fundraising campaign and I know that the community is going to embrace this product.”
To date, the Greater Westerly Chamber Foundation has raised and distributed over $170,000 in grant funds to 27 Misquamicut businesses devastated by hurricane Sandy. The goal is to raise $400,000 and to have every business fully operational by Memorial Day weekend.