Since December 2013, we've been running our "Cheers to Charity!" Donation Program, which gives back to our amazing local community. At just $5 for a flight of four beers, fresh from the taps, it's a great way to find your FBC favourite. Plus, as all profits go to a variety of worthy local charities, organizations or clubs, you're always drinking for a very worthy cause.

Flights are available during Tasting Room opening hours, and since the program started, we (and you!), have raised over $96,000 so far! So thanks.

The program was set up as a way of giving back. Here at Fernie Brewing Co., we are so fortunate to do business in the Elk Valley and so wanted to find a way of giving back to our local community. Due to the large number of requests FBC receives each year for monetary, and other, donations, as a way of being able to commit to larger donation amounts, Cheers to Charity was created.

Recipients are rotated anywhere on a 4 or 6-week period, depending on the time of year and predicted traffic in the Tasting Room. Recipients can be registered charities, clubs or organizations. 

There are four main requirements of FBC’s Cheers to Charity Program:

  • Donations must directly benefit our local Fernie community
  • Benefit a group, as opposed to an individual or a team
  • Recipients must be of legal drinking age
  • Requesting funding to help programs, which without support, would not be able to operate

Hopeful recipients need to apply via our Contact Page, explaining full details of their fundraising, and where exactly the funds will go. Recipients are chosen based on the season, their cause and their appropriateness to FBC’s mandate.

After a busy start to summer, we are pleased to have been able to present the Fernie Friends for Friends society with a cheque for $4,322.50! This group is a staple in our community, and have a close connection with the brewery. They are dedicated to providing financial support to families that are going through cancer treatments, and aim to ease the burden of travel and medical expenses while also offering compassion and emotional support. We are so lucky to have this group in our community and it is always a pleasure to have them on the Cheers to Charity board. This has brought our total donations to a whopping $96,578.08. 
We are now happy to welcome the Elk River Alliance to our board, and with us being so close to $100,000 we are hoping this month is the thirstiest yet! The Elk River Alliance is a community-based water group that aims to connect people to the Elk River ensuring it is drinkable, fishable and swimmable for future generations. Their mission is to promote a new era in watershed thinking where well managed human activities result in healthy ecosystems and a robust economy, and as the river is such an integral part of our community we are pleased to be able to help them achieve this goal. So make sure you head to the Tasting Room for a Sample Flight after your river activity of choice and help us ensure that we are able to enjoy the river to the fullest for years to come! 
Check out our Cheers to Charity video below, featuring the Fernie Nordic Society. And, if you know of a worthy charity or organization (one with legal drinking aged members!), please get in touch.