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It’s been a hard start to 2018, but with every challenge there is a silver lining. The natural disasters in our backyard have clouded our heads for over a month but in the after math we have seen our community pull together to support each other. That makes us pretty dang happy.
It’s pretty fun to brew beer. It’s even more fun to share it. And, it is exceptionally satisfying to be able to support the people and places we love in our community. We call this Good Beer Karma.
We know building our community back up will take some time and effort and for the month of February we have partnered up with the Community Disaster Relief Fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation. This fund was built and activated in the aftermath of an emergency to support nonprofit organizations in short-term and long-term recovery. It will help to support a multitude of locally focused not-for-profits.
The Santa Barbara Foundation is collaborating with the Santa Barbara County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SBC VOAD) and has been monitoring the response and needs from nonprofit organizations that are assisting individuals and families that have been displaced from these disasters. As these needs transition from short-term into long-term recovery operations the foundation will assess the situation and make funding decisions as necessary.
We hope you will come in to support the cause with a Karma Pint or donate what you can directly the Community Disaster Relief Fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation. These are the organizations/members of SBC VOAD:
- Direct Relief and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
- Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
- Independent Living Resource Center
- Institute for Congregational Trauma & Growth (ICTG)
- American Red Cross Central Coast Region
- Salvation Army (Santa Barbara and Ventura Corps)
- Search Dog Foundation
- Unity Shoppe
- United Way of Santa Barbara County
Let's answer the age-old question — 'Blondes or Brunettes?' We have teamed up with the California Central Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association to tackle Alzheimer’s. On Saturday, July 22 at Bishop Diego High School, the RivALZ Blondes vs. Brunettes Santa Barbara flag football game will kick off, drawing more than 500 local fans. The two teams, divided based on the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes, aim to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease among a younger generation. Funds raised will benefit the care, support, advocacy and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Blondes vs. Brunettes Santa Barbara is a local volunteer-driven group of young professionals who support the Alzheimer’s Association by playing, coaching and working tirelessly, both on and off the field. While victory is the goal for the teams, the mission is to raise crucial funds to provide support for families and caregivers and to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
Draughtsmen Aleworks will work with the Chapter’s local Santa Barbara office in order to further the fundraising efforts by partnering as a Game Day Tailgate Sponsor, serving our beer as well as extending the age-old rivalry of blondes vs. brunettes in the taproom. We will donate $1 for every karma pint purchased between June 15 and July 31 to the Alzheimer’s Association. In the spirit of friendly competition, participants can vote which team (Blondes or Brunettes) will receive their donation.
There are more than 10,000 people living with this disease in the Santa Barbara County. All of us at Draughtsmen have a personal connection with Alzheimer’s. Aside from supporting a good local organization, we look forward to having some fun in the taproom with the age-old rivalry of blondes vs. brunettes.
In the past three years the event has raised over $220,000. This year the goal is to raise $100,000. There are multiple ways to get involved: become a sponsor, donate to a player or team, have a karma pint at Draughtsmen, or simply attend the game.
Game day is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Bishop Diego High School, Santa Barbara. Tickets are $20 by donation and VIP passes are $60 by donation. For more information, please visit http://www.act.alz.org/bvbsb or Katelyn Reeves at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805.892.4259 ext.103.
OTHER GOOD STUFF at Draughtsmen
Taco Tuesday is EVERY Tuesday with our friends from 805 Street Bites. Stay tuned to social media because we’ll be doing some special taco pairings with some of our favorite beers!
Trivia Nights. Mark your calendar and alert your beer loving smartie pants friends this summer for an every other Tuesday kinda thing. Tuesdays 6-8pm June 20th, 27th & July 11th & 25th. $15/team and the winning team takes the pot. A FREE round of beer for the team that wins the challenge question with an extra bonus beat the brewer round. Good beer loving fun.
Wow! Our first 365 days have blown all our expectations out of the water. If we had known it was going to be this good we would have done this first and skipped all those other jobs! We don’t save lives but we are hoping that we can create a few smiles, build a community and give back to some good local causes in the process. And, of course, enjoy a pint with friends. It all started with an idea, a beer and a lot of time together in a garage.
There are plenty of places to gather and have a pint and we have decidedly chosen to be where communities gather to celebrate, relax, debate, and play. We wanted a place to create good beer – a taste for everyone. We wanted to provide a go-to beer and the ability to create and try new ones. But, what we really wanted was a place that is open where people could get a beer and where we could talk with them across the bar.
We have all types of people who have found us this year: PHDs, scientists, software gurus, shoe designers, auto mechanics, educators, foodies, dog lovers, bike enthusiasts and our fellow brewery and beer nerds. It has been a year of beer love where we have been able to create a brewery as a “conversation space” where our beer community has had the opportunity to just enjoy themselves. It brings people together. So far, so good. Thank you all who have given us your patronage and support this first 356 days. We look forward to having another pint with you.
Come celebrate our first 365 days with us May 6th & 7th.
If you have ever wondered what a local hero looks like, look no further than the passionate team of volunteers for the Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue.
Who are they?
Hopefully you will never need their services but it is good to know they have your back if you do. This group of very well-trained volunteers dates back to 1962 when three separate teams were formed in Santa Barbara, Lompoc, and Santa Maria. This volunteer branch of the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office is composed entirely of unpaid citizens of Santa Barbara County. Team members generously donate their time, energy, and money to become proficient in many aspects of wilderness emergency rescue. Their areas of expertise include high-angle rock rescues, car-over-the-side accidents, downed aircraft, swift water rescues and other medical emergencies. The team is also highly trained in search operations for overdue hikers, mountain bikers, missing children and lost hunters. The team works very closely with our County Air Support Unit to provide these life saving services under varied and often difficult circumstances.
Since our Draughtsmen team is an active outdoor bunch we were really excited to have the opportunity to help support a group of local individuals that spend so much time, effort and money to help others in need. Thank you SBCSAR!
If you know anything at all about the Draughtsmen team then you know that the important things in life can be whittled down to a few things – beer, family and friends (not always in that order). This month – the month of love – we wanted to give back to man’s best friends. At Draughtsmen, we are all dog owners and advocates. However, this post is particularly inspired by Sheila, the oldest and wisest of our dog friends.
Every dog has a story – especially when it is a rescue. Chris was looking for a dog and took the route of finding one that he knew needed a home. He roamed the kennels at the humane society, SB County animal center, and DAWG. He did not know what kind of dog specifically but figured he’d know when he saw it. On one search in the kennels, Chris noticed there was a cage separated from the others. Inside this cage was a dog named Betty.
“When I looked at her she stared right back and gave a small “woof” and a curious smile. I took her to the play area, and immediately I knew she was special. Instead of running around, sniffing where all the other dogs had been, Betty just walked right by my side. I sat down on a bench and she rested her head on my lap allowing me easy access to scratch behind her ears. She never stopped looking at me with those smiling curious eyes.” That was it. Betty was the one. However, after bringing her home Chris knew that name just did not fit. She was thought to have some Australian Shepherd in her so she became Sheila! This February 14th, Sheila will be 16 years old.
“I went looking for a dog and found a best friend.”
A little about DAWG, our February Beer Karma Tap Recipient – It is the only no-kill shelter in Santa Barbara since 1991. They have helped 7,600 dogs and counting. They have a state of the art vet clinic on-site and run by the generous support of donations and volunteers.
When you have a good team and you are passionate about what you are doing, you can create all kinds of amazing things. They say this is work, but it doesn't feel like it because we are having too much fun in the process!
Since we are couple days into the new year, we have been reflective about what we have accomplished in 2016. Together, our team could not have done all that we have without one another this past year. It seems only fitting that our new Russian Imperial Stout is finally ready to take the stage.
The first Russian Proton rocket was launched in 1965. It has been one of the most successful heavy boosters in the history of spaceflight. With a nod to this success, we decided to name our Russian Imperial Stout Proton.
Inspired by brewers in the 1800's to win over the Russian Czar, this type of stout is bold, high in alcohol and carries plenty of malt character. Our Proton Russian Imperial Stout has low to moderate levels of carbonation with intense flavors. We had patience with this one and aged it in tawny port barrels for six months, giving it immense roasted, chocolate and burnt malt flavors; bittersweet, espresso and dark berries. This special release has been bottled in our limited edition 16 oz bottles. Mmm… we think it is so good. Cheers to 2017!
We are excited to introduce our "Good Beer Karma" Tap program which we will be kicking off on Tuesday, October 4th, during the Green Drinks Santa Barbara Bicycle Master Plan Update event from 6-8pm at our taproom. Join us for an evening of bike talk, learn about the Bicycle Master Plan, and enjoy a pint from our not-for-profit tap! The Burger Bus will be stationed at the brewery from 5-8pm, so come hungry.
Through the month of October, $1 of every pint purchased from our designated Good Beer Karma tap will go to SBBike, a local non-profit that promotes fun and safe bicycle riding in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria. As avid bicycle enthusiasts, we are stoked to support this worthy cause!
Look for the red "Beer Karma" sign when ordering your next pint.
Slowly but surely,
we're popping up in various restaurants and bars in Santa Barbara County. Here's where you can find our beer:
The Mercury Lounge in Old Town Goleta.
The Funk Zone's newest beer hot spot, Lama Dog Taproom + Bottle Shop.
Dargan's Irish Pub in Santa Barbara.
Benchmark Eatery on the corner of State St and Anapamu St.
Details on our fun weekend ahead:
Father's Day Pop-Up Shop at theTaproom on Friday, June 17th
Live Music and Food Trucks for 2nd Monthiversary Party on Saturday, June 18th
Father's Day Special Menu from Cuba's Tacos: Can't argue with Tri-tip and beer!Read More