'Celebration Ale' fetches over $2,000 at wildfire benefit in Center City

John McDevitt
January 19, 2019 - 8:42 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A Center City restaurant and bar held a beer based fundraiser for the victims of the Northern California wildfires. A special guest from a well-known California Brewery flew in for the event.

A special 3 liter bottle of Sierra Nevada "Celebration Ale" was auctioned off for $2,250.00 by Tom Peters, the owner of Monk's Cafe in Center City.

"We are the 'City of Brotherly Love,'" Peters said. “I just want to see their wallets empty.”

Thousands of dollars was raised for the Camp Fire Relief Fund.

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Brian Grossman's family owns Sierra Nevada. Their brewery was spared by the firestorm going on in the hills above the brewery, but many of its employees' lives were turned upraise down.

"People lost everything," Grossman said. "The fire moved so quickly that they couldn't grab anything."

Sierra Nevada created a beer called Resilience, and the proceeds will go to helping the victims of the California wildfires.

Drafts of the IPA were a flowing at Monk’s Cafe at $10 a pint. With 15,000 breweries around the country making Resilience, $15 million is hoped to be raised for the Camp Fire Relief Fund.

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