FLINT – Unsafe lead levels in the city of Flint’s municipal water supply is in the national news media spotlight as the depth and severity of the crisis is realized. An official state of emergency has been declared, prompting action from humanitarian groups, including a generous donation through the philanthropic project of an internationally distributed brewery with a strong Michigan presence.
Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery, who recently acquired Perrin Brewing in the Grand Rapids area, has spearheaded the donation of 50,000 cans of fresh safe drinking water to help alleviate the immediate need.
Aaron Baker from Oskar Blues Brewing Brevard said “Perrin is a part of the Oskar Blues Brewery family and having strong ties to Michigan through Perrin definitely made this effort even more meaningful to everyone at the brewery. We learned of a need and had the ability to help out so we made it happen.”
CAN’d Aid Foundation, the nonprofit “do goodery arm” of Oskar Blues Brewery, arranged for the water to be canned and shipped from their closest full-service production facility in Brevard, North Carolina, to Food Bank of Eastern Michigan for distribution to Flint’s residents. Denver-based Ball Corporation donated the cans used in this project. CAN’d Aid was formed in 2013 as a response to floods in Colorado and has evolved into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit doing good deeds across the United States.
Oskar Blues Brewery, known for pioneering the canned craft beer movement, was founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 in Lyons Colorado. Their flagship brew Dale’s Pale Ale, initially hand-canned, lead the revolution.