What’s better than a cold pint of beer on a hot summer day? A cold pint of beer that helps out a good cause. Ales for ALS is a program that gives breweries around the country a chance to raise money for ALS research while doing what they do best: brewing beer.
The Triplehorn Brewery taproom pays tribute to baseball player Lou Gehrig with his photo on the tap of the beer called 4, the sale of which supports ALS research. (Photo by Emily Hamann)
Here’s how it works: hop supplier Hopunion and farm Loftus Ranches come up with a new hop blend each year. They give it to breweries around the country to use in a special Ales for ALS brew. The breweries then take a dollar per pint of the beer sold and donate it to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the premiere research institute dedicated to developing therapies for the disease ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Six Washington breweries participated this year, including Fremont Brewing Company, Pike Brewing Company, and from Woodinville, Triplehorn Brewing Company. All the beers will be featured at an event at Fremont Brewery on Aug. 30.
Triplehorn co-founder Rich Nesheim explained the hop blend used this year. “Very fruity, very floral,” he said. It also had notes of citrus. The brew they chose to make was a Cascadian dark ale, also called a black IPA.
“It’s our first attempt at this style beer,” Nesheim said. “It’s really smooth, chocolatey, hoppy.”
He said that a lot of times, a Cascadian dark ale tastes just like an IPA that has a darker color. “We wanted to do something a little more robust,” he said.
They called the beer “4,” because that was Lou Gehrig’s number when he played baseball for the New York Yankees.