Before the holidays, four Loudoun breweries collaborated for a brew to raise not only spirits and glasses, but also $18,500 for Loudoun Hunger Relief. 

Although breweries, like other hospitality or dining business, have felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, they continue to give back anyway.  Solace, Old Ox, Ocelot and Crooked Run came together to make the Friendsgiving IPA, following the lead of the Friends Giving Collaboration project that began three years ago at New Jersey’s Double Nickel Brewing Company.

Lashelle Davis, Loudoun brewery veteran and tasting room manager at Solace, said Double Nickel has been a mentor to Solace and other local breweries. The Friendsgiving IPA helped out with Double Nicke’s nonprofit arm, CollaborAid.

Davis said the name CollaborAid “personifies how we feel about each other in this industry.” 

All of the raw materials for the beer were donated by vendors, Davis said, which increased the donation to Loudoun Hunger.

“We love this beer! And we love this Friendsgiving collaboration,” said Loudoun Hunger Relief Executive Director Jennifer Montgomery Crooked Run. “Ocelot, Old Ox and Solace Brewing combined forces and used their considerable talents to help others eat. They brought awareness to the important issue of hunger in our community.”