Craft Beer with a Cause.
Published 10 Mar 2020
Two big things happened last week. My mum got cleared of any sickness/"c" and I met with a brewery that donates to a charity supporting research into advanced breast cancer. Meant to be me thinks.
Mum has fought and thankfully beaten "c" but it certainly took its toll on her. With Dad also being affected by "c", I have participated in Dry July for the past 5 years raising money for those struggling with cancer in their lives. I have seen how that money supports those people with Mum receiving a wig while she went through chemo and our whole family feeling comfortable in a bright, sunny and calm lounge in Wellington hospital built with money raised from Dry July.
Being able and willing I always felt I could do more though. I was researching breweries in Wellington I could potentially work with when I came across "Whistling Sisters Beer Co" and their website. On their home page under the heading, "Why we brew", was this.....
"Whistling Sisters exists to support sisters and brothers across Aotearoa in the fight against breast cancer. A portion of our profits goes to the Karen Louisa Foundation, a trust we created to fund advanced breast cancer research and continue the legacy of our inspiration, sister, daughter and friend, Karen Louisa whom we lost to breast cancer. As we grow, so does our contribution to a cause that’s close to our hearts".
Going into my meeting I really hoped I would get a good vibe from the guys at Whistling Sisters in the hope that not only could we work together but Craft Beer Tours NZ could start contributing to their "Karen Louisa Foundation. I wasn't disappointed. I met with Graham, the General Manager, and Bede in charge of Brewery Operations who gave me a lot of their time to talk possible ideas, show me the brewery but most importantly make me excited to start working with them.
There are many reasons I work with the breweries that I do. Three of the biggest reasons are the vibe I get from the breweries and the people who work them, the experience they can offer my guests and obviously their beers. Whistling Sisters ticks all those boxes plus one more very important factor. It will allow me to do more in the fight against "c". Once we get up and running with Whistling Sisters we will donate proceeds from every brewery tour booked into the Karen Louisa Foundation.
If you're ever in Wellington, make sure you visit Whistling Sisters brewery and know that not only will you enjoy great beer and food, but you'll be supporting a great cause. Cheers, Mike.
Picture: Lisa, Elwyn and Karen aka the Whistling Sisters.