I like to think I enjoy the finer things in life;
beer, craft breweries, good people and any reason to drink for a good cause! What better way than the Ales for ALS event at Faction Brewing in Alameda?
The 5th Annual Ales For ALS takes place the 21st of July from 1pm to 5pm at their
brewery down in Alameda! And if you haven’t been to this brewery, the view alone
is the perfect excuse to get your booty down there. Seriously, we’re talking about a
view of the San Francisco skyline, all the sunshine you could soak up and even better
There are over 30 breweries participating and each one has to brew a beer with a
hop blend featuring Ekuanot, Simcoe, Loral, HBC 344, 520 & 630 from Loftus
Ranches, which just so happens to be one of the oldest hop farms in Yakima Valley,
WA (shout out to my old stomping grounds!). Even more fun? The hop blend changes every single year! So not only do you get to try crazy different beers, every year the breweries are surprised with a different blend of hop goodness.
Ales for ALS has been going strong since 2013 and has raised over $1.7 million
dollars for ALS! Breweries around the world participate in this amazing cause. Not
only are amazing events like this held, $1 from every pint sold (from participating
breweries) is donated to the foundation as well! So, drink up guys!!
Claudia and Rodger, Faction’s very own beer-lovin’ leaders, started hosting their
own Ales For ALS (same foundation, just a party here in The Bay!) five years ago by
donating their space, temporarily sacrificing their own liquor license and inviting
some of the best breweries around to donate 100% of the profits to ALS-Therapy
Development Institute. In fact, their first beer they ever brewed was the Ales For
ALS! So you could say they’re pretty pumped on this event!
Not only are you getting to try uniquely brewed beers, but each ticket sale goes
directly to helping find a cure and treatment for ALS, which is a neurodegenerative
disease that effects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord (curious about ALS? Read
There will also be an amazing auction where you can get some pretty epic prizes
and things, and all proceeds ALSO go to Ales For ALS. And don’t you even get me
started on the food trucks attending. Every time I visit Faction I find a new food
truck I get obsessed with so you’re not only going to drink well, your tummy will be
even more excited!
I recently got to sit down with Claudia and pick her brain about Ales For ALS and, I have to be honest, you can hear the passion in her voice and it’s nearly impossible to not mirror her excitement for this cause. Both Rodger and Claudia have had a connection to ALS, whether it’s a family friend, a brewery regular or through this event; their commitment to spread awareness, donate everything they can and help to find treatment is completely inspiring.