I'm at a loss for words to describe the devastation wrought by Hurricane-turned-Tropical-Storm Harvey. In my stint as a reporter in Fairfield during Superstorm Sandy, I saw crumbled homes floating along the coastline and watched as the creek near my apartment swelled and crept into the streets. I can't imagine the horror that continues to unfold in southeast Texas, or the incredible sense of loss the folks down there must feel.
But, just as in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, hope is realized in the stories of people coming together to help and inspire. From carrying out dramatic rescues to opening their homes to strangers, the people of Texas have shown great resilience in the face of disaster.
Of course, they're not alone. The outpouring of support and donations from around the region and the nation has been swift and generous. Members of the Connecticut craft beer industry are among those responding to Greater Houston's call.
You'll find below a rundown of breweries pledging their help to the victims of Harvey. In doing so, they're giving us all a chance to participate. Drink up and help out our friends in Texas.
- Hanging Hills Brewing Company – Donating 100 percent of proceeds from tap room sales on Friday night. Several local and regional breweries are donating beer to keep the taps flowing to put a dent in Harvey. Other local businesses (and the Yard Goats) are contributing items for silent auctions. This is just one of the many reasons why the craft beer industry is amazing – there's no jockeying in competition; everyone just wants to help out.
- Two Roads Brewing Company – donating $1 of every pint sale in the tasting room today (Wednesday) and Thursday, Aug. 31.
- Steady Habit Brewing Company – collecting bottled water and cash donations through the weekend.
- Shebeen Brewing Company – All proceeds from Shebeen's newest pale ale, Hopz4Houston, will go toward Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
(Can't make any of these events? Want to do more? This New York Times article can help you plan your donations.)
Know of any other breweries donating to Harvey relief efforts? Let me know in the comments.