The Lung Transplant Foundation has been named Lonerider Brewing Company’s official charitable beneficiary for its “Brew It Forward” event from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 18, 2014, on the grounds of the Raleigh-based brewery.
“Brew It Forward” is a home brewers’ competition that gives entrants a chance to brew a batch of craft beer in a professional environment alongside others with similar aspirations.
Lonerider will brew and sell the winning beer and donate some of the proceeds from those sales to the Lung Transplant Foundation.
“We give one-third back to the brewer, one-third to the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild, and one-third to a nonprofit,” said Lonerider CEO Sumit Vohra.
Vohra said his company chose the Lung Transplant Foundation as the charity for this year’s event because it has ties to the Triangle and is a “budding” organization that is working to establish itself among national nonprofits.
“Those two factors are why we chose the Lung Transplant Foundation,” he said.
Lonerider has also committed to being a longterm partner with the Lung Transplant Foundation and will provide beverages for the Foundation’s future events, such as the annual Fred Krenrich Classic golf tournament.
“I think it’s a responsibility of every company to give back to the community it’s benefiting from,” Vohra said.
The number of entrants for Brew It Forward this year is uncertain, but there were 130 entrants in last year’s competition.
Lonerider has been holding Brew It Forward since it opened its doors in 2009. Today, it has 25 employees, sells beer in six states and the District of Columbia, and was named one of 25 “Companies to Watch” by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. Two of its brews, Sweet Josie Brown and Deadeye Jack, have taken home some of the highest honors from the Great American Beer Festival.
Vohra’s inclusion of the Lung Transplant Foundation in Brew It Forward is a gesture that the Lung Transplant Foundation won’t soon forget.
“We are so grateful to Lonerider for their sponsorship,” said Jeff Goldstein, president of the Lung Transplant Foundation. “To have a company of this caliber vouching for the Lung Transplant Foundation and raising awareness about our devotion to research is a true gift.”
Brew It Forward will be held at Lonerider Brewery, 8816 Gulf Court, in Raleigh. Those not entering a beer in Brew It Forward can soak up the festive atmosphere, which includes a band, for $6. For more information, see www.loneridershowdown.com.
“We’ll have some good times,” Vohra said.