Brew Mile is a fun event and nobody is judged by their time, but it’s also important to remember that the faster you run, the more we donate to charity on your behalf! We make extra donations to our charity partner HopCourage to honor all of the runners who complete the race under certain times. Brew Mile will donate the following amounts to honor our faster runners:
The Beer Autism Hope journey began in the Spring of 2013 when Lance Rice, a then 55-year-old beer historian with autism, set out to achieve his dream to author an American brewing history book. Initially, Lance’s Brewery Tour was a four week tour of Midwestern breweries, but that changed quickly! Lance’s story spread throughout the brewing industry and instantly America’s best breweries opened their doors to help an unknown “beer genius” with autism fulfill his dream to become an author, a dream Lance hoped could give hope to others with autism. Lance’s Brewery Tour grew into a 35,000 mile journey for hope as the nation’s most influential brewers and beer personalities befriended this once unknown beer historian with autism.
The mission of Hop Courage is to bring the beer community together to celebrate the bold creativity and benevolent spirit of craft beer in order to further the Beer Autism Hope cause, which provides aid directly to children, adults and families touched by disabilities as well as organizations that serve the disabled community.
Additionally, we give to community development causes and charities within the craft beer industry including support for sustainable farming, natural resource and land preservation, brewery employment programs for the disabled and the preservation of brewing history to name a few. Last year the American brewing industry gave a voice to a beer historian with autism who once wouldn’t speak or leave his home. Hop Courage honors Lance’s courage to overcome incredible odds and fulfills his dream to help others through his miracle. What we do can be summed up simply: “Giving back with beer.”
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