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Colorado Breweries Helping Maui Recovery Effort

Drink a pint of The Kōkua Project at 35 local breweries and more than 700 globally

By Beth Buehler

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A team effort to support Maui’s fire recovery || Courtesy of Maui Brewing Company Fire Fund

When people need help, the hospitality industry in Colorado steps up, even when it’s beyond the state’s borders. When a series of devastating wildfires broke out on the island of Maui in August, causing loss of life and $6 billion in damage, the beer community across the globe rallied in support. There are 35 Colorado breweries helping the Maui recovery effort by brewing The Kōkua Project beer with proceeds benefiting the Global Empowerment Mission, the nonprofit organization that is facilitating the Maui Brewing Company Fire Fund.

Groups and beer lovers can support the effort by grabbing a pint of Kōkua at participating breweries and savor this session IPA that is described as “delivering a refreshing wave of tropical hop aroma atop a delicate malt base.” Or donate directly to the Maui Brewing Company Fire Fund.

The Collaboration Beer

The Kōkua Project is one beer being brewed by more than 700 breweries across the U.S. and internationally to support those who have been affected by the wildfires. Kōkua, meaning “extending help to others” in the Hawaiian language, is being coordinated by Maui Brewing Company and is inspired by Sierra Nevada’s Resilience project of 2018. Founded in 2005 and based on Maui, Maui Brewing Company is Hawaii’s largest craft brewery.

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A brewery’s approach to selling The Kōkua Project beer || Courtesy of Maui Brewing Company Fire Fund

Sip a Pint in Colorado

Support this project benefiting the people of Maui and the island’s recovery efforts by bringing your group, family, and friends to one of the Colorado breweries taking part. Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. in Glenwood Springs, Ska Brewing Co. in Durango, Wynkoop Brewing Co. in Denver, and others have function space. So why not make it a Hawaiian-themed gathering that raises money for and honors this 50th state in the union?

  • AC Golden Brewing Company
  • Avery Brewing
  • Bambei Brewing
  • Barrels & Bottles Brewery
  • Bent Barley Brewing Company
  • Black Forest Brewing Company
  • Carbondale Beer Works
  • Cheluna Brewing
  • Dolores River Brewery
  • Down Range Brewery
  • Elevation Beer Co.
  • Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company
  • Goldspot Brewing
  • Horse and Dragon Brewing Company
  • Joyride Brewing Company
  • Launch Pad Brewery
  • LUKI Brewery
  • Mountain Tap Brewery
  • Mythmaker Brewing
  • New Belgium Brewing
  • Oskar Blues Brewery
  • Paradox Brewery
  • Salt Road Brewing
  • Seedstock Brewing Company
  • Ska Brewing Co.
  • Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.
  • Storm Peak Brewing Company
  • Strange Craft Beer Company
  • Trail Life Brewing
  • Two22 Brew
  • Upslope Brewing Company
  • Verboten Brewing
  • Walter’s Beer
  • Windfall Brewing
  • Wynkoop Brewing Co.

While it will take the impacted section of West Maui time to rebuild, much of the island is open for business. We salute the people, places, and businesses of Maui and this effort.

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