Brewer’s Philanthropy Award (BPA)

We already know that our local brewing community is concocting some awesome craft beer, but the Brewer’s Philanthropy Award is about recognizing local brewers who are staying connected to the community and are a part of something bigger than their business.  With the BPA, local beer fans can participate in an open nomination process to recognize a local brewery that has gone above and beyond to make a difference in the community. Whether the brewery’s philanthropic efforts are aimed towards arts & culture, education, environment, health care, neighborhood development, historic revitalization, or animal welfare, the focus is on a brewery that blends business, beer, and community involvement. The winner of the BPA is announced at Hammers & Ales on October 27th at Madtree Brewing Company.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Nomination window: NOW OPEN
Nomination window ends: September 29
Public voting begins: Monday, October 1
Winners will be announced at Hammers & Ales: October 27

BPA QUALIFICATIONS:

The Brewer’s Philanthropy Award is open to all breweries located in the Tri-state area (small and large). To keep things fresh, the immediate past winner of the BPA will be ineligible. Additionally, because of Madtree’s generous support of the ToolBank as one of their core charities, they have removed themselves from the competition

2018 BPA Winner: Listermann Brewing Company

While receiving both the Finalist trophy and the 75 lbs. BPA traveling trophy from event speaker Chris Riva, Dan Listermann, was heard to say “This is neat” He went on to say that Jason Brewer should be here, he is the one who made all this possible. So we reached out to the General Manager, who could not be at the event. Here is what he had to say: “Thank you! It really is an honor to win this award. We believe that without our community we wouldn’t exist so it is very important for us to support our community partners. We’d like to extend a special thank you to our community partners including the Cincinnati Zoo, Elementz and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.”

2017 Brewer’s Philanthropy Award Finalists:

Listermann:

A Real Can-Do Attitude – Why does Listermann care about community? General manager, Jason Brewer, put it this… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Urban Artifact:

A Community Sanctuary – Revitalizing a historic church in a tight-knit neighborhood comes with some responsibilities… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Rhinegeist Brewery: 

Tapped into the Community – Rhinegeist believes in the power of beer to bring great people together,….. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Fifty West:

Blood, Sweat, and Beers – According to Fifty West co-founder Bobby Slattery, beer and community go hand in hand. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Past Brewer’s Philanthropy Award Winners:

2016 

Braxton Brewing Co. 

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.
 

2015 

MadTree Brewing Co. 

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.

2014 

Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. 

Winners receive the unique, handcrafted 75 lbs. BPA trophy for one year. At the end of that year the winning brewery receives their own one of a kind hand crafted trophy made by blacksmith, artist, Chris Daniel, owner of Blue Hell Studio and current president of the Cincinnati Black Smiths Guild. We greatly appreciate his donation of time and talent to our cause.

BPA finalists receive artful trophies made by modern metal artist and sculptor, Nicolas Yust, of Yust Gallery. We are grateful to have his talent and time donated to the ToolBank in support of our mission.