Brewers Philanthropy Award (BPA)

The Cincinnati ToolBank is pleased to announce that they will be honoring a local Brewery with the 4th Annual Brewers Philanthropy Award at our annual fundraiser, Hammers & Ales on Saturday, October 28th. The BPA recognizes a Tri-State Brewery for their civic leadership, collaboration, and community impact and for their efforts to revive the region’s rich brewing heritage.  This award reflects the values of the ToolBank and its commitment to empowering social capital to increase collective impact in our community. The ToolBank honored Braxton Brewing with the 3rd Annual Brewers Philanthropy Award at last year’s event and MadTree in 2015.

2016 Brewers Philanthropy Award Finalists

Braxton Brewing Company: 

Braxton Brewing Company was born in a garage on Braxton Drive in Union, Kentucky. The Rouse family learned a lot in that space — they learned to brew and they learned some of life’s most important lessons. Of those, giving back to those in your community was a lesson that echoed through the Garage. Now, it’s in that spirit that Braxton Brewing Company continues this tradition sharing their garage with the community they’ve always loved. And with that community, Braxton’s largest initiative, Trophy Project, aims to “lift one to life”. Trophy is a single hopped pale ale, which changes quarterly, and 5% of all proceeds from Trophy sales are donated annually to a local charity.


MadTree Brewing Company:

Who says charity can’t be fun? MadTree has lent a helping hand to numerous charities both close to its heart and to the tip of their many beards before they even opened. Now, they even encourage their patrons to tip by literally tossing a buck to charity while enjoying a pint. MadTree aims to make a bigger impact with their philanthropic efforts by focusing five core charities. MadTree works with each organization to provide support for their key initiatives throughout the year, in addition to aligning each charity to the release of one of their seasonal brews and donating a portion of the proceeds from their launch.


Rhinegeist Brewery:

Rhinegeist believes in the power of beer to bring great people together, foment fantastic ideas, and build a community that values craft beer and one another. In addition to supporting over 40 non-profit events and donating merchandise baskets to 150 philanthropic raffles and silent auctions, this year, Rhinegeist embarked on a new initiative: Charitable Suds. For this program, Rhinegeist selects a local non-profit to receive proceeds from their taproom beer sales each Wednesday. So far, Rhinegeist has partnered with over 30 local non-profits and has identified Charitable Suds’ benefactors through the beginning of 2017.

The Rhinegeist team is excited to continue its charitable work and create positive change in the local community for years to come. They invite their neighbors and fellow Cincinnatians to join them in this mission.


Urban Artifact:

Revitalizing a historic church in a tight-knit neighborhood comes with some responsibilities that Urban Artifact takes seriously. Their Northside facility has been a meeting place, cultural home, and pinnacle of the community for 140 years, and they plan to continue opening their doors to be that central place in the neighborhood. In addition to building community, Urban Artifact has regularly worked to help raise money for local non-profit organizations such as NEST, CAIN, and the Apple Street Market, regional organizations like The United Way, and The Cincinnati Museum Center, as well as supporting fundraisers for local families in need.

Urban Artifact emphasizes the cultural vibrancy of Cincinnati. Their drive to create great new beers is always partnered with their goals of working with and highlighting local artists and other small businesses. They are proud of their commitment to support the local arts community. By investing directly in hundreds of local musicians, actors, and performers of all types, they are building the Northside and Cincinnati areas to be a stronger, more vibrant cultural destination.


Rivertown Brewing Company:

Rivertown is purposeful & creative in their contributions, looking to make a big impact by pairing with community partners time and time again. One of their major philanthropic partners is the Cure Starts Now. They have been active in partnering to help raise awareness & funds in creative ways such as brewing Brennan’s Bucknut Stout and leveraging their relationships with local and regional retailers to educate retailers on the cause and host charitable events around the beer. Rivertown also opens their space to host a variety of philanthropic events focused on charities that their team is passionate about such as Pelotonia, Valley Interfaith and Little Sisters of the Poor. Rivertown is a business that leverages their knowledge & success to give back in a meaningful way that positively & directly impacts the community around them.