Los Tacos, a new taqueria at East Colfax Avenue and Pearl Street in Denver, will donate $1 to Mount Saint Vincent for every pint of Former Future Brewing Company’s Gadabout India Pale Lager that is sold from the Confluence Tap Handle from Saturday, April 9, to Saturday, May 7.
The Confluence Tap Handle is a giving initiative between restaurants and craft beverage makers to give back to their communities. Los Tacos owner, Micah Armijo, is enthusiastic about hosting the Confluence Tap Handle and helping the youth at Mount Saint Vincent. “Being part of the outstanding Denver community is a privilege that Los Tacos will continue to honor,” Armijo said.
Collaborating with Los Tacos is Former Future Brewing Company, located near Broadway and Louisiana. “Working with the community is and has always been important to Former Future,” said Former Future Brewing Co. owner Sarah Howat. “We believe in the power of people and the lasting effects of fostering community. Small businesses are truly the heart of community. Small businesses implement change and foster relationships."
Los Tacos is very passionate about helping youth and chose Mount Saint Vincent as its beneficiary while hosting the Confluence Tap. Mount Saint Vincent provides clinical treatment and nurturing, loving care for one of society’s most vulnerable populations — children facing severe emotional and behavioral challenges due to trauma, mental illness, physical or sexual abuse, or chronic neglect. Using highly relational, individualized treatment therapies, Mount Saint Vincent helps young children express their trauma stories, control their emotions, build safe and healthy relationships, and learn to trust again.
To celebrate the giving initiative, Los Tacos will host a Launch Party on Saturday, April 9, from 6-8pm. The event is free to enter.
This will be the third time a restaurant and brewery have partnered through the Confluence Tap Handle. “We are extremely excited to create a collaboration through the Tap Handle that can make a meaningful donation to charities and bring exposure to some of the newer breweries in the Denver area,” says Confluence Tap Founder, Brian Phipps. “All of our partners understand the importance of being an involved and engaging member of the community. We hope to have a Confluence Tap Handle in every community that can be utilized as a resource for charities and an opportunity for craft beverage makers to connect with restaurants.”
To learn more about the Confluence Tap Handle and the participating organizations, please visit www.ConfluenceTap.com.
For information about the Launch Party on Saturday, April 9, please go to the event site at https://www.facebook.com/events/1740150019561708/.
Living The Dream Brewing and Strange Craft Beer raise nearly $4,000 for National Sports Center for the Disabled
Living the Dream Brewing Company and Strange Craft Beer Company created a friendly IPA Throw Down competition for Colorado Craft Beer Week and generated nearly $4,000 in donations for the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD).
“We are thrilled to give back to a great organization like the National Sports Center for the Disabled through a fun competition with friends,” said Living the Dream owner Carrie Knose. “When our breweries realized that we both supported the NSCD in the past, it seemed fitting to collaborate.”
The IPA Throw Down donations consisted of the breweries donating $1 for every pint of their chosen IPA that was sold at their tap rooms from March 19th to the 30th as well as a silent auction on March 30th. Items from the silent auction were donated by Living The Dream, Strange Craft, KBCO, Sweet Action Ice Cream, Mellow Mushroom, Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply, Sports Authority, Winter Park, Gigi's Cupcakes, and Alamo Drafthouse.
“Colorado Craft Beer Week is such a great platform to celebrate the amazing beers our state produces,” said Strange Craft owner Tim Myers. “We wanted to come up with a fun way to utilize Colorado Craft Beer Week to incorporate our brewery’s other passion of giving back to the community.”
The IPA Throw Down featured Living the Dream’s Empty Trophy Case IPA against Strange Craft’s Breakfast Grapefruit IPA. In the end, Strange Craft Beer won the IPA Throw Down and a special wrestling-sized belt, but more importantly everyone was happy to come together and generate a meaningful donation for the NSCD.
The National Sports Center for the Disabled provides outdoor therapeutic offerings to over 3,000 people with disabilities year-round. The NSCD helps athletes with almost any type of disability learn new sports and set goals.
Butcher’s Bistro raised awareness and money for Veterans to Farmers through Confluence Tap Handle program in March
For the month of March, Ballpark neighborhood restaurant Butcher’s Bistro promised to donate $1 to Veterans to Farmers for every pint of Factotum Brewhouse’s Intensity Break Coffee Brown Ale poured from the Confluence Tap Handle. Butcher’s Bistro sold over 150 pints during the month resulting in a donation over $150.
“Working with local nonprofit organizations allows us to say thank you to our community and the people who work hard. It also allows us to accomplish our goals as a local restaurant and be a proud supporter of the Colorado economy,” said Butcher’s Bistro bartender Andrew Howe.
On March 2, Butcher’s Bistro hosted a Launch Party to celebrate Veterans to Farmers work and introduce more of their patrons to their work. The event was a success that included dishes made with ingredients grown by some of the Veterans participating in Veterans to Farmers programs.
Veterans to Farmers provides American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts with pride, education and fulfillment through a permanent source of sustainable income, community and contribution. Veterans to Farmers ensures a path to a secure economic future, that also leads to a sustainable future of food. The charity helps veterans attain this through management in an up-and-coming greenhouse franchise that sells CSA shares year-round, employment opportunities with greenhouses selling food to restaurants and grocery stores, or providing further education and support to help veterans start their own greenhouse business.
Partnering in the collaboration was Sunnyside neighborhood brewery Factotum Brewhouse. Factotum Brewhouse is a unique brewery as all beers brewed at Factotum are recipes sourced from our local community members who then come in and brew alongside our staff to create a one-of-a-kind beer that is served to the public.