Now in its sixth year, Ore Dock’s annual community fundraiser has grown to become a state-wide event. Each year the brewery, with help from local bars and restaurants, offers patrons the opportunity to spread goodwill within their community by donating one dollar from every pint sold of Ore Dock’s Christmas ale offering, Glad Tidings.

What started as a small brewery-only event has taken on new meaning with an ever-growing list of local businesses eager to get on board. “It’s grown each and every year,” says Ore Dock Production Manager Adam Robarge. “Adding partners throughout lower Michigan is a great step forward.” In part due to Ore Dock now distributing across the state, according to Robarge it’s more about the residents of northern Michigan and their willingness to help out a neighbor in need.

And the need is great. Ore Dock is once again partnering with Feeding America West Michigan as well as the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, the recipients of the goodwill generated by the Hops for Help campaign. Together, these organizations distribute millions of pounds of food annually through distribution networks that enable a state-wide reach of more than 800,000 Michigan residents.

“We know there’s a real need throughout each county we’re fortunate enough to do business in,” says Robarge. “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.”

Alongside Ore Dock for this year’s Hops for Help are 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; and throughout Marquette at Steinhaus, Café 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. Below the bridge, Hops for Help 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 Lattitudes Tavern in Alpena.

The sixth annual Hops for Help campaign kicks off Friday, December 1 and runs through the entire month of December.

For more information or to get involved, contact Blayne Sheppard, Brewery Sales, at blayne@oredockbrewingcompany.com or (906) 250-1853.

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