Drink beer for a good cause

Local families supported by Hops for Help

ROBARGE

MARQUETTE — Throughout the month of December, beer enthusiasts are able to raise their glasses for a good cause.

On Friday, the Ore Dock Brewing Co., located at 114 Spring St. in Marquette, launched its sixth annual Hops for Help event, offering businesses and community members an opportunity to help families in need by donating $1 from every pint sold of Glad Tidings, an English IPA brewed in spirit of the holiday season.

The fundraiser has grown to become a statewide event that donates to local food banks throughout Michigan.

“It’s grown each and every year,” Ore Dock Production Manager Adam Robarge said in a press release. “Adding partners throughout lower Michigan is a great step forward.”

The Ore Dock once again partnered with Feeding America West Michigan as well as the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Together the organizations distribute millions of pounds of food annually through networks that help about 800,000 Michigan residents.

According to the Feeding America website, organizations raised nearly $17,000, which was enough to provide 54,000 meals to people in need in the state of Michigan last year.

The Ore Dock, along with other participating restaurants and bars in the Upper Peninsula and lower Michigan, raised enough to fund the distribution of 9,124 meals to people in west Michigan and the U.P.

There are 1.5 million food insecure people in Michigan, and 9,440 of them are in Marquette County, according to Feeding America West Michigan.

Food insecurity refers to the United States Department of Agriculture’s measure of lack of access to enough food for a healthy lifestyle. Food-insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time but may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and buying nutritional food.

“We know there’s a real need throughout each county we’re fortunate enough to do business in,” Robarge said. “There’s no way we could generate the necessary support for community members in need without the help of other U.P. and northern Michigan businesses.”

The following businesses are participating in this year’s Hops for Help: The Wicked Sister of Sault Ste. Marie; Brogie’s Tavern in Ishpeming; The Barge Inn, Foggy’s, 387 and Corktown of Munising; Log Cabin in Escanaba; Pine Mountain in Iron Mountain; Up North Lodge of Gwinn; Steinhaus, Cafe Bodega, Hudson’s Classic Grill, Delft Bistro, Landmark Inn, Iron Bay Restaurant & Drinkery, Vango’s, Stucko’s, Aubree’s, Portside Inn, DIGS Gastropub and the 906 Sports Bar & Grill, all of Marquette. Below the bridge participants include 7 Monks in Traverse City; Bridge Street Tap Room in Charlevoix; Tap 30 and Mitchell St. Pub of Petoskey; Mulligan’s in Cheboygan; and Latitudes Tavern in Alpena.

“I’m very happy to be a part of Hops for Help to help supply meals for those in need,” said Evan LaFave, owner of Corktown in Munising.

For more information about the statewide event, visit www.ore-dock.com or www.feedwm.org.

Jaymie Depew can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is jdepew@miningjournal.net.