Running a manufacturing brewery is mostly fun and games. But this last fall, our brewery family experienced a loss of large proportions and reminded us that sometimes it’s so much more than fun and games. It’s about people, relationships, friendships and wandering on this journey of life together. Tragically, one of our coworkers, who had become a great friend and part of our brewery family passed from a sudden health related emergency at only 31 years old. We were all deflated from the loss. With time and the ability to lean on each other though, we pulled through, stronger for our time and lasting memories with Josh Pink and the comforting voice in our heads of him, telling us to cheer up and get back to the fun and games.
When his loving family asked to plant a tree on the brewery grounds with his ashes, we were honored to do so. And thus, behind the brewery building, on a hill with views of the mountains and the city, Joshua’s Tree was planted so he could continue to grow with us. A lover of winter and snowboarding, we brewed a Pale ale infused with enormous amounts of juicy spruce tips, called Joshua Tree Pale Ale which we released on his 32nd birthday, appropriately landing on the eve of the winter solstice. It was a mighty tasty beer and sold in record time, with $1 of each pint sold being donated to a charity that would make Josh happy. The CHILL foundation, founded by the owners of Burton Snowboards, is a charity that helps empower struggling youth by getting them on the slopes with snowboards. In memory of Josh, we raised $1536 to donate to the CHILL foundation and thank all of you who came out to drink the delicious Joshua Tree Pale Ale and support a great cause!
Look for the Joshua Tree Pale Ale next winter solstice, to be released on Dec 20th 2019! In the meantime, we will continue the fun and games and remember along the way to water, nourish, and cherish the tree in the back and all the people, places and relationships in our lives that make our daily wanderings more fruitful.