In a year with plenty to be angry about, it’s nice to have some things to be thankful for – and while Thanksgiving might’ve been last month, Friends Giving IPA continues to serve up holiday cheer. The “potluck-style IPA” has raised over $200,000 in the last two years to help fight food insecurity.
The initiative, which was originally conceived and founded by New Jersey-based Double Nickel Brewing Company back in 2018, began with just a handful local breweries and has continued to grow, even during a time when a pandemic has many breweries concerned.
“Friends Giving is our way of turning a little creativity, camaraderie, community and collaboration into support for families struggling to put food on the table,” said John Dalsey, Marketing Director at Double Nickel, in a recent statement. “Food insecurity this year is slated to be a much larger issue than in the previous two years, so it was important to us, not only to make sure that Friends Giving [IPA] would happen again, but also to ensure that it could grow in scope.”
The Friends Giving initiative, originally just local to the southern New Jersey and Philadelphia regions, has now evolved to include the Washington DC and northern Virginia area as well. The plan was always to grow and Drew Perry, the head brewer at Double Nickel, called upon his Virginia contacts to join cause. And this year’s version of Friends Giving IPA is the second release under Double Nickel’s non-profit arm, CollaborAid – created to carry on the brewery’s mission of “turning creativity, camaraderie, community, and collaboration into support for local food-insecure families.”
Friends Giving IPA is brewed with nearly all of the material used, from the hops and malts to the aluminum cans, donated by suppliers. “Potluck-style” means each brewer showed up on brew day with their own hops: Idaho 7, Idaho 7 Cryo, Sabro, Amarillo, Simcoe, Cashmere, and Citra. The other breweries are Cape May Brewing Company, Tonewood Brewing Company, Urban Village Brewing Company, Source Farmhouse Brewery, Solace Brewing Company, Ocelot Brewing Company, Old Ox Brewery and Crooked Run Brewing.
The end result of this group effort is a 7.0% ABV dry-hopped, easy-drinking IPA that is smooth with straw haze, a white fluffy head and notes of peach, apricot and tangerine. It hit the shelves in several different states back at the end of October, though you might be able to still find it and sip on something with a good cause behind it.