Billsburg Brewery to aid relief efforts for California wildfire victims

Staff writer

James City County-based Billsburg Brewery soon will brew a new beer for a good cause.

According to a news release from the county’s economic development office, Billsburg will begin brewing Resilience Butte County Proud IPA later this month to raise funds for the victims of the wildfire that ravaged parts of California last month.

The beer was originated by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, a California-based brewing company. Its founder, Ken Grossman, wrote a letter asking every brewer in America to brew Resilience IPA and donate 100 percent of its sales to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund, which supports recovery and rebuilding from the Camp Fire in Butte County, CA earlier this year.

Billsburg Brewery is the only brewery in Greater Williamsburg that agreed, according to the news release, and more than 30 breweries across the state will also participate.

Sierra Nevada anticipates that more than 17,000 barrels of Resilience IPA will hit the market in the coming weeks, with over 1,400 breweries across the country signed up to brew it, according to Sierra Nevada’s Resilience IPA website. Other participating area brewers includeO'Connor Brewing Company andElation Brewing Company in Norfolk.

Billsburg Brewery owner David Baum said he jumped at the chance to get involved in relief efforts for the wildfire victims, which burned more than 153,000 acres, killed at least 85 people and destroyed more than 13,000 homes, according to the Resilience IPA website.

“I am thrilled that Billsburg can offer our patrons and visitors the opportunity to enjoy a beer in our taproom for a good cause, especially a cause that touches so many people,” he said in the release. “We see how Sierra Nevada quickly jumped in to help drive this project, and we recognize that is the type of company we strive to be every day.”

Billsburg Brewery anticipates having the beer on tap in mid-to-late December. For more information, visit billsburg.com and bit.ly/2PBGIyY.

Howell Creative Group, based in New Town, recently announced that it is the recipient of the 2018 American Graphic Design USA Award in recognition of the firm’s development of the 2017 Newport News EDA/IDA Annual Report.

The report, which was prepared for the Newport News Economic and Industrial Development Authority, tracked the year’s business growth in the city. Howell Creative Group has prepared similar reports for the board for the past six years, according to a news release from the marketing agency.

Howell has also won GDUSA awards for projects commissioned by businesses and localities including Whitley’s Peanut Factory, Huntington Ingalls Industries and Surry County, according to the news release.

The American Graphic Design USA competition, in its 55th year, recognizes the best in marketing media. The competition is organized and judged by Graphic Design USA, a graphic design industry publication. There were roughly 10,000 entries from across the country but only a select 10 percent were winners, according to the release.

“The team crafted a strategic annual report for Newport News that positions the city as particularly competitive in several targeted industries,” Kathy Howell, creative director and president of Howell Creative group, said in the release. “This award illustrates the thought we put into our concept and what it communicates.”

» Virginia Beach-based Divaris Real Estate reports that Monroe Capital Partners has renewed its lease for 1,755 square feet of office space in the Divaris-leased and -managed Courthouse Green commercial center located at 4097 Ironbound Road. Karen Beale, SIOR represented the landlord in the lease negotiations.

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