Once again, Ephrata’s St. Boniface Craft Brewing Co. has partnered with a cause that tries to make the world a better place through one act of kindness at a time.
The brewery once released an India pale lager called Well Wisher, with $1 from the sale of every single pint being donated to Mount Joy-based Global Aid Network (GAiN). The money was used to help build wells in African communities that had little or no access to clean water.
It also has organized food drives benefiting local causes, like Ephrata Area Social Services.
Dain Shirey, co-owner of St. Boniface, was excited to talk about the recent release of a New England India pale ale called Crick or Creek that was brewed to not just act as a charitable tool for the Lancaster County Conservancy, but also to get the community thinking about water. The brewery will contribute $1 to the conservancy for every pint and can of Crick or Creek sold.
“It’s great to be able to support efforts in our own backyard. Our community has supported us, and it’s our pleasure to support our community in return and see the effect of money staying right here and benefiting local causes,” Shirey says.
As Shirey also notes, water is the key ingredient in making beer, and being an active part in keeping our waterways clean is something that is of significant importance to St. Boniface.
The entire area is fortunate to have the Lancaster County Conservancy working on behalf of all residents, whether they realize it or not. This grand world of ours — the one that offers us life and sustenance, well-being and pleasure — consists of more than 70% water.
Last year’s floods in Pennsylvania pushed enormous amounts of litter and debris down the Susquehanna River and into the upper Chesapeake Bay. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot famously bemoaned this unfortunate onslaught when he lamented, “We’re literally drowning in Pennsylvania’s trash.”
Lancaster County is part of the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds; meaning that all the runoff from our land finds its way into streams, which leads to the river, which runs to the bay and eventually gets to the ocean. Anything that gets into the river — cigarette butts, plastic bottles, straws, candy wrappers, tires — it’s all heading downstream toward the bay.
Along with the trash from our watershed, Fritz Schroeder of Lancaster County Conservancy adds that “poor water quality is caused by stormwater runoff that collects pollution from our streets and yards. Think dirt, fertilizers, pet waste, gas and oil.”
Lancaster Water Week this year runs from June 1 through June 8 and will be offering educational activities for all ages, including cleanups, tours and active events such as hikes, paddles and bike rides to teach participants about the importance of maintaining clean waterways. By focusing on creating habitats, protecting water and exploring the outdoors, the conservancy hopes to inspire us to do our part for the good of many.
St. Boniface’s $1 donation for every pint of Crick or Creek sold will benefit our own backyard and the backyards of many other communities downstream from ours.
None of us are too small or insignificant in this world to make an impact. The ocean is made up of individual molecules of water, and humanity also is made up of individuals. One person can influence a handful, and they in turn influence countless more. Before you know it, you have the potential to make impactful change.
Make the choice to properly dispose of trash and not litter. Even better, reduce and reuse to lessen your footprint. Pick up the slack for those who do litter by not just walking by their trash but by properly disposing of it. Join a trail or waterway cleanup team. Teach the kids in your life the importance of maintaining a happy watershed.
Learn more about all the ways in which the conservancy is addressing these issues during this year’s Water Week by visiting www.lancasterwaterweek.org.
Personally, I can’t think of an easier and more delicious way to support the cause than by purchasing a draft or can (or several) of St. Boniface Craft Brewing Co.’s Crick or Creek and sharing the cause behind this beer with your friends.
Crick or Creek
It poured a caramel gold with medium haze and a fluffy white head. In aroma, there was dankness and resin along with mango, vanilla, sweet creamsicle and candied orange peel. The flavor offered much the same as the aroma with its orange oil, vanilla, juicy ripe mango and a lactose sweetness. There’s a soft and luxurious mouthfeel up front before solid pine bitterness cuts through the lactose at the end of each sip.
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