4 Hands Brewing partners with Veterans Community Project for fundraiser beer
4 Hands Brewing Co., a St. Louis brewery founded in 2011, is brewing a new hazy ale to benefit the community. State Wide features Simcoe and Amarillo hops and exists to give back to Missourians.
Veterans Community Project is the inaugural partner with 4 Hands for the State Wide beer, which will launch in early May. Cases of the beer will be available across Missouri wherever 4 Hands beer is sold. For every case purchased, the brewery will donate $1 to VCP—with the ultimate goal of building a new tiny home for a veteran.
“State Wide will launch as a year-round beer in early May and we’ve already brewed several batches on our 30 bbl brewhouse to make sure there’s plenty of beer to go around the state,” says Jeremy Danner, on-premise specialist and brand ambassador for 4 Hands.
The Veterans Community Project designs tiny homes as transitional housing for unhoused veterans. While staying in the tiny home, the veteran is provided with a case manager who connects them to a community of local companies, agencies, nonprofits, and others who help provide the support needed to help them through their unique situations. The veterans are able to stay in the village as long as they need while they make progress towards their goal of permanent housing.
The HUD estimates that there are over 40,000 unhoused veterans across the U.S. In Missouri, that means about 538 veterans are currently experiencing homelessness in our state. That’s what VCP and 4 Hands hope to alleviate with this partnership.
“After touring the Kansas City campus of Veterans Community Project earlier this year, we were absolutely blown away by how great the folks running the organization are and we’re excited to get to know them more and continue to be inspired by the amazing work they’re doing,” Danner says. “For us, any charity work we do is way more than just selling beer and writing a check. We really want to build relationships with our non-profit partners and find ways to become personally involved in each project. The beer is great too!”
The State Wide brew comes after the success of City Wide, an American Pale Ale that benefits the St. Louis community. 4 Hands donated over $250,000 in the five years that City Wide has been sold. Since 2016, 4 Hands has partnered with 20 nonprofits to give back to the community.
4 Hands hopes to achieve the same success, if not more, with State Wide.
“Given the success we’ve seen with City Wide in St. Louis and its philanthropic mission, we viewed this as an opportunity to be ‘more than beer’ to more of Missouri,” says Danner. “It just so happened that while we were looking to expand our charitable partnerships to include a statewide organization, Veterans Community Project was in the process of opening a St. Louis campus. We’ve been fans of their work and Jason Kander and thought we’d reach out because the powerful, impactful work they’re doing really inspired us.”
4 Hands will continue doing philanthropic partnerships with State Wide based on the City Wide model. Instead of partnering quarterly with nonprofits, 4 Hands committed to working with VCP long enough to build at least one tiny home.