“The mission of the SBFCF is to connect citizens and communities to assist in the stewardship of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, and surrounding wild lands. Our purpose is not to replace Forest Service programs, but to build a Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church-River of No Return constituency among communities, businesses, individuals, universities, tribes, the Forest Service and other groups in the stewardship of the natural and cultural resources across these wilderness areas and the surrounding wild lands.” Their mission is one we will continue to stand behind here at Sockeye Brewing. www.selwaybitterroot.org
This program was launched in October of 2013 to help fund the fight to cure and care for cancer patients. We began the first-ever fundraising effort through the sale of craft beer cans! Sockeye brewing distributed Idaho’s best selling beer brand, our Dagger Falls IPA, in pink six packs in Boise for the month, and gave our community an opportunity to aid the fight and toast the strength and courage of the families affected by this disease. Crown Holdings Inc., Stein Beverage Distributing, and many local businesses stepped into the program with us, matching our donation per case, which went directly to Saint Alphonsus Cancer Care Center and St. Luke’s Mountain State Tumor Institute. We then gathered information on how to successfully expand this program into our entire distribution area, and look forward to extending the helping hand to victims and families for years to come.
The 2014 Cans for Care launched at our Fairview location, which was newly opened, and in 2015, we switched on the pink light with two parties, with the 2015 Cans for Care Kick Off Party taking place at both our Fairview and our Cole Road locations. From open to close, we offered our pretty in pink Dagger Falls IPA, including a six-pack to go for just six bucks.
Throughout the month of October, every can of Dagger Falls IPA sold—in pink or the usual red can—resulted in a local cancer care donation. Thanks go to our participating retailers and also Hayden Beverage.
Dagger Falls IPA boasts five different hop varieties, each contributing its own unique character to create citrus and pine-like hop flavors and aromas consistent of a true Northwest-style IPA. Abundant hop aroma prepares the palate for the equally intense hop bite and flavor that lingers in this rich, hoppy beer. IBU: 100 | ABV: 6.5%
Sockeye Brewing proudly sponsors the SBFCF annually for their spring and fall fundraising events, and brews a special ale for those fundraising efforts. This amazing group of people leads volunteers in the charge to take care of our wildest areas. No politics. No advocacy. Just boots-on-the-ground-work.
We hosted the 2014 “Idaho Wild 50” Pale Ale Benefit Brew Party at our Fairview location, and brought the ale to the 2014 Telluride Mountainfilm Festival at The Egyptian Theatre.
Why “Idaho Wild 50”? In 2014, our nation celebrates “50 Years of Wilderness.” In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and the benefit of the American people. Learn more: http://www.wilderness.net
“Idaho Wild 50” Pale Ale (2014) is a 100% wild yeast (brettanomyces) pale ale that has been aged in oak barrels. $1 of every pint sold at our pub and at Bittercreek Alehouse was donated to SBFCF!
“Spruce’N The Trail Ale” (2013) resulted from a collaboration with Kettle house Brewing in Missoula, Montana, and we used spruce tips harvested by their volunteers during trail work in the Frank Church. It is no longer available for sale, but should you want to reminisce: Spruce’N The Trail Ale is a copper-colored ale with a wonderful piney, floral nose with a medium bodied mouth feel. Brewed with plenty of German malts, it is smooth and easy drinking, and also has a signature Sockeye dry, hop cleansing finish. The fresh spruce tips lend a citrusy, minty flavor that is both refreshing and traditional. Spruce beers have been brewed at least since the eighteenth century. The vitamin C content in the spruce is responsible for its curative properties. Using evergreen needles to create beverages originated with the Indigenous people of North America who used the drink to ward off sickness during the winter months when fresh fruits were not available. When Europeans learned of its healing properties, they began brewing it for their sailors’ good health. It is the perfect style for our collaboration with SBFCF, and they brought us the spruce we used for this late autumn fundraising ale. It was calculated at 11 IBU’s, however adding 16lbs of fresh spruce tips from the Frank Church Wilderness adds quite a bit to that number, giving a slightly higher IBU experience. IBU: 11 | ABV: 5.0%
Our pub has a banquet room where we often allow organizations like SWIMBA hold their membership meetings in a private setting with a full menu and great beer to generate big ideas that will benefit community. Through these partnerships, we have developed great relationships with groups like SWIMBA, who keep our recreational community alive and active.
We annually brew Trail Digger Pale Ale, and a portion of the proceeds for the sale of this beer go towards funding their efforts for trail building and maintenance, as well as mountain biking events and advocacy programs. The Release Party in the summer of 2014 occurred during Boise Bike Week AND American Craft Beer Week. During the event, there was an official ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the debut of the ST-240, a single-track specific trail building machine.
SWIMBA is a 100% non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to building and preserving a world-class, multi-use trail network in Southwest Idaho. Since the early 1990’s, SWIMBA has been enhancing SW Idaho’s trail recreation by organizing fun events to raise funds for new trail projects. They are always educating riders about the responsible, shared-use of trails. They also promote and participate in the purchase of open space and trails. They work in partnership with the Ridge to Rivers Trail Partnership, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and private landowners to build new trails and trailhead facilities. They lead trail rides and teach kids and adults about mountain biking technique and bike maintenance. We are proud to sponsor SWIMBA and appreciate everything they do for our community. www.swimba.org
Trail Digger Session Pale Ale is an American style pale ale which uses two hop varieties, the new Calypso, which gives the beer a mellow citrus hop note; and Bravo, which adds to the hop profile with hints of pine and citrus. Both varieties are grown in Idaho. The grain bill was very simple as well, using only an Idaho pale ale malt, and a light crystal malt to add a little color and a bit of malt flavor. This beer was designated to be a session beer. You can enjoy more than one or two and not get overwhelmed by alcohol. IBU: 90 | ABV: 4.75%