FORT COLLINS, CO—Trellis Garden Ale raised more than vines this March for local community botanic garden, the Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Avenue. As a wrap to a collaborative brewing project between Odell Brewing and The Gardens, the local brewery presented a check for $17,856 to the Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek, the Gardens’ non-profit fundraising and advocacy group. One dollar from each bottle sold of Trellis Garden Ale raised the proceeds.
Released on June 21, 2014, Trellis Garden Ale was a crisp, double pale ale brewed with coriander, cilantro, pineapple mint, lavender and rose petals harvested from The Gardens and was distributed and sold in Odells’ entire distribution network of 11 states.
The Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek will use this donation to build its Endowment Fund with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado (CFNC). Awarded a challenge grant by the CFNC in fall 2014, this grant will match $1 for every $3 dollars raised towards the non-profit’s Endowment Fund, up to $25,000. After Odell’s contribution, the Friends have raised $47,856 of its $75,000 goal.
“This donation really pushes us close to reaching the full amount of the Challenge Grant,” said Randy Morgan, Friends President. “Our Endowment Fund will help the Friends build up a fund to take up to 5% each year to support operations of The Gardens, helping with long-term sustainability of the organization.”
“We have long partnered with the Gardens on Spring Creek, so seeing this project come to reality was a delight, but to then see it exceed our expectations…we were thrilled,” Odell Brewing’s community outreach coordinator, Karla Baise said.
The Friends of The Gardens is working hard to raise the remaining $27,000 to meet the June 15, 2015 CFNC Challenge Grant deadline. To contribute or to learn more, please visit www.fcgov.com/gardens. The Gardens on Spring Creek is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
About the Gardens on Spring Creek: The Gardens on Spring Creek opened in May 2004, part of a vital public/private partnership between the city of Fort Collins and the Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek. The Gardens currently includes a Plant Select® Demonstration Garden, a Children’s’ Garden, the Garden of Eatin’, a Rock Garden, and the Xeric Parkway Strip. The Gardens also supports school and community garden outreach programs, offers a school field trip program and youth summer camps; provides year-round educational programs for all ages; and hosts several special events. In 2014, The Gardens hosted 70,000 visitors. Learn more about the botanical gardens at fcgov.com/gardens.
About Odell Brewing: Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. Today, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews. As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by minimizing its environmental impact, sourcing local raw materials, and through its charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. Odell Brewing was named a “Best Company to Work For” in 2013 by ColoradoBiz Magazine and is an award winning brewery, nationally and internationally: 2014 World Beer Cup® – gold for Runoff, 2013 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for 5 Barrel Pale Ale, 2012 Brewers Association Recognition Award, 2011 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for Friek, 2008 World Beer Cup® – gold for IPA. 2007 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for IPA.