Throwing a fun party to raise money for a good cause, then matching all the donations that were made from the party... “It's such a Heini Foss thing to do,” said Sarah Labosky, granddaughter of …
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“It's such a Heini Foss thing to do,” said Sarah Labosky, granddaughter of the late Frederick A. “Heinie” Foss, the man known for establishing the Golden Civic Foundation in the spring of 1970. “He would have loved this.”
The annual tap release party for the Brian Q Pale Boy Ale, now in its sixth installment, took place on May 14.
“This brings the community together,” said Susie McInerney, an intern with the Golden Civic Foundation, “and gives everyone an opportunity to kickstart the summer.”
Each year, Golden resident Brian Quarnstrom, president of the Golden Civic Foundation's board of directors, partners with Barrels & Bottles Brewery to produce the Brian Q Pale Boy Ale.
The annual springtime tap release party at Barrels & Bottles, 600 12th St., in downtown Golden serves as the fundraiser event — a portion of the proceeds go to the Golden Civic Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of the community. In addition, the civic foundation's portion is matched by Quarnstrom and his business partner, Debbie Johnson, at the Golden Group Real Estate.
“Part of the draw of Golden is that it has a great community feel,” Quarnstrom said. “Supporting an organization that promotes the vitality of Golden is an easy choice.”
“The community is our lifeline,” she said. “So, we're involved with the community and that's just what we do.”
Barrels & Bottles' taproom and patio filled with people on May 14. Among them were Grant Ruesch, who works for the Golden Group, and his wife Jayne of Golden Gate Canyon.
It's fun to come down from the mountains to enjoy some time in Golden, Jayne said.
“When we moved here 20 years ago, there wasn't much to do,” she said. “Now, Golden is such a vibrant town. It's got a buzz.”
It is the couple's third time to attend the tap release party, and Grant Ruesch added that he enjoys it because he likes to socialize with other beer enthusiasts.
One of those was Scott Wotring who has lived in Golden for two years and also works for the Golden Group.
“The Golden Group does a lot for the community. Any community cause that it supports, I also support,” Wotring said. “But, I'm a big beer fan as well.”
Quarnstrom worked with Barrels & Bottles' new head brewer Mitch Leavelle on this year's beer.
“I love making beer,” Leavelle said. “It is my passion.”
He added it was fun sitting down and talking with Quarnstrom about the color, alcohol content and other logistics that Quarnstrom wanted in the beer.
“I don't normally add citrus to beer, but I'm glad I had the opportunity to do so with this beer,” Leavelle said. “I'm really excited about how it turned out.”
The Brian Q Pale Boy Ale will be available at Barrels & Bottles until about mid-June, Leavelle said.
“Unless everybody drinks it all before then,” he said. Which is possible, Leavelle added. “It's hard to tell.”
The Brian Q Pale Boy Ale started out as a one-time, be-a-brewer-for-a-day auction prize, and just kept growing, said Abby George, co-owner of Barrels & Bottles.
“And I don't ever see it stopping,” she said. “We love what the civic foundation does, but on top of that, it's fun.”
Her husband and co-owner of the brewery, Zach George, agreed.
“The Golden Civic Foundation is here for Golden,” he said, “so the real reason we do this is for the community.”
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