For Giving Tuesday: This One’s For Manny

In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, WeldWerks is announcing a special bottle release collaboration with their friends at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. out of Athens, GA. Brew for One is one of Creature Comfort’s community impact initiatives and the Georgia brewery, this year, has guided WeldWerks to implement its own initiative in Greeley.

Brew for One: Manny is WeldWerks’ edition of Brew for One, which will benefit the family of Manny, the benefactor’s family. Manny passed away suddenly during the final stages of this collaboration so the beer is now dedicated to Manny’s memory and proceeds from the beer will be donated to his family to cover funeral expenses

Brew for One: Manny bottles will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 10.

Manny’s Story: Manny was selected as WeldWerks’ Brew For One partner in part because of need but also because of his deep humility, courage, and inspirational outlook on the future. Manny recently served 12 years in a high-security facility here in Colorado. Like many youths growing up in the foster care system, Manny found himself in and out of juvenile justice centers. Through a series of events, he was eventually arrested in a narcotics trafficking bust in his 20s. Because of the context of his arrest, Manny was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He served 12 of those years, the last two during the COVID-19 pandemic- creating even greater challenges to an already difficult and isolating situation. Upon his release, Manny eventually found a support system with Jobs Of Hope – a nonprofit focused on assisting the reintegration of the recently incarcerated and gang-affiliated men of our community. Jobs of Hope connected WeldWerks with Manny as the brewery’s Brew For One benefactor. From there, WeldWerks learned that a dependable car was one of Manny’s greatest needs to help build his career, reconnect with his family, and reach his ultimate goal of owning a home. Weld County Garage quickly jumped on the opportunity to help provide this need for Manny. Unfortunately, while undergoing this partnership, Manny suffered a heart attack and passed away suddenly.
You can hear Manny tell his own story by listening to his episode on the Brewing Better Communities podcast captured a few weeks prior to his passing.

The Contents of the Bottle: This barrel-aged stout is a particularly special one. Brewed in collaboration with WeldWerks’ friends, Creature Comforts Brewing, it’s the culmination of the first Brew for One™ partnership. Brew For One™ was created to address a pressing need of one individual in the community. Similar to WeldWerks’ barrel selection process, the brewery selected their benefactor here in Greeley, Colorado, and Creature Comforts did the same in Athens, Georgia. Creature Comforts selected a Medianoche base beer aged 25 months in a 19-year-old Elijah Craig barrel and WeldWerks selected a Medianoche base aged 27 months in a 15-year-old Sazerac Rye. The flavors of both barrels meld together perfectly, just like the partnership between Creature Comforts and WeldWerks.

Photo Courtesy WeldWerks Brewing Co.

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