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Alaskan Brewing Gives Thanks to SAIL


Alaskan Brewing's Brew Crew presents a check for $20,000 to staff and board members of SAIL(Southeast Alaska Independent Living.

Photo courtesy of Alaskan Brewing Co.

Brewery able to contribute $20,000 to Southeast Alaska Independent Living

Juneau, Alaska (November 29, 2013) – Alaskan Brewing Co. presented Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) with a check for $20,000 at a pre-Thanksgiving lunch at the brewery. The money comes from funds raised at a few events and from tips gathered at the brewery gift shop this summer.

“Every year we contribute the money from the tip jar in the brewery’s gift shop to a non-profit, and this year we raised about $12,000 in tips that we were able to give to SAIL,” said Linda Thomas, Chief Operating Officer at Alaskan Brewing. “The rest of the money comes chiefly from the ‘No Umbrellas’ fashion show, which this year brought in about $8,000.”

SAIL was voted this year’s Alaskan Brewing charitable organization by the brew crew at the beginning of the year. Thomas said the crew appreciated SAIL’s commitment to improving the lives of Southeast Alaskans through a variety of programs to increase mobility and independence.

The check presented this week is in addition to funds raised earlier this year at the “High Gravity Games” at Eaglecrest Ski Area, which amounted to about $4,000. In total, the brewery has given $24,000 to SAIL so far this year. Thomas said there were a couple of reasons the gift shop was able to raise a substantial amount through tips this year.

“We had a great year for visitors at the gift shop – plus terrific weather which meant lots of thirsty people dropping by the brewery to sample our beers,” explained Thomas. “And the addition of the growler bar at the brewery increased traffic and tips, which was great to see.”

Thomas said the amount given to SAIL by year end may increase a bit, because there is still another month of tips to gather at the gift shop during December.

About Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaskan Brewing Co. has been making award-winning beer in Juneau, Alaska, since 1986. The Alaskan Brew Crew bottles the unique character of the Last Frontier with historic recipes, local ingredients and glacier-fed water. Alaskan Brewing handcrafts Amber, Freeride APA, White, IPA, Stout, Smoked Porter, Winter Ale, Summer Ale and a variety of limited edition beers in the Alaskan Pilot Series. Follow Alaskan at Facebook.com/AlaskanBrewingCo, Twitter.com/AlaskanBrewing and www.alaskanbeer.com.

About SAIL
SAIL empowers elders and people with disabilities by providing services and information to support people in making choices that will positively affect independence and productivity in society. To find out more go to http://www.sailinc.org/ or call SAIL at 1-800-478-7245 and ask for the Executive or Deputy Director.


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