image courtesy of Silvery City Brewing

During the Washington Beer Commission’s Open House (a couple of Saturdays ago, 2/25/2012) we caught up with Silver City by paying them a visit. In between the mini-tours, and sampling from their normal lineup of beers, we caught wind of a new beer, Saint Florian. But this isn’t really a new beer as this is a new idea for the brewery, that Don built.

Brewed to be similar to Inidianola Pale Ale the brewery is proud to announce this new beer.

image Saint Florian is a merging of two ideas supporting a local charity while reminding people about those who give their lives every day, firefighters.

But first some history courtesy of Wikipedia.

Saint Florian (Latin: Florianus; civil name: Florian von Lorch) (died ca. 304) is a Christian saint, and the patron saint of Linz, Austria; chimney sweeps; and firefighters. His feast day is May 4. St. Florian is also the patron of Upper Austria, jointly with Saint Leopold.

So what does this have to do with a beer named after a Christian saint? The answer is simple, supporting local firefighters through the Washington State Council of Fire Fighter Benevolent Fund.

Saint Florian, the patron saint of firefighters, is now the namesake of a northwest IPA designed to raise money for Washington State Council of Fire Fighters Benevolent Funds.  Part of the proceeds from each bottle and keg of Saint Florian IPA sold goes directly to the Benevolent Fund where the beer is purchased in the region.  Silver City Brewery co-owner Scott Houmes said, “We are very proud to grow our long-standing relationship with Fire Fighters and the Benevolent Association. Saint Florian IPA enables us to extend that relationship to other areas around the Puget Sound.”

Silver City Brewery has helped raise money for the Professional Fire Fighters of Kitsap County Benevolent fund every year since 2001 through their annual Oktoberfest Celebration. In that time, the Oktoberfest event has helped raise over $40,000 for the Professional Firefighters of Kitsap County Benevolent Fund.

Saint Florian IPA will raise funds wherever it is sold in Washington. Of this Brewmaster Don Spencer said “We are very honored to present Saint Florian IPA as way to help raise funds for the Benevolent Fund around the Puget Sound. We hope it will also help raise awareness about the Benevolent Fund, as well as the story of Saint Florian, the Patron Saint of Fire Fighters.

Brewery Description of Silver City Saint Florian IPA

Saint Florian, the Patron Saint of Firefighters, is now a Northwest IPA . A portion of the sale of each bottle and keg of Saint Florian IPA goes to a Washington State Council of Firefighters benevolent fund. Silver City Brewery has a long-standing partnership and tradition of working with our local fire fighters. Saint Florian IPA, formerly Indianola IPA, uses Washington-grown Cascade & Columbus hops that are boldly citrus, floral and piney. What better way to enjoy a truly local handcrafted IPA then knowing you are supporting those that keep us safe. “Cheers to you! And, cheers to fire fighters everywhere!”
Alcohol By Volume: 6.9%
Hops: Columbus, Cascade
Malts: NW Pale, Caramel, British Pale, Munich
IBU’s: 55

If you have time on your hands you can swing into Silver City’s Restaurant on March 5th or wait till March 7th when a special cask edition will be tapped at 7:00 PM.

Silver City Restaurant (360) 698-5879
2799 Northwest Myhre Road  Silverdale, WA 98383

For this charity to work each of you needs to visit your local pub near a fire station and ask them to pick up a keg of Saint Florian India Pale Ale. Or if you can’t persuade your pub, then ask your local grocer to pick up a case of Saint Florian, which is going to be available throughout March.

Want more on Saint Florian? Please read Wikipedia’s entry regarding this saint of chimney sweeps and firefighters, here.


About the Washington State Council of Fire Fighter Benevolent Fund

The WSCFF Benevolent Fund was incorporated on January 13, 1995. The WSCFF Benevolent Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation created to provide aid to fire fighters, their families, and others deemed in need. Donations made to the Benevolent Fund that are tax deductible are used to assist beneficiaries in recovering from difficult times resulting from illness, injury or the death of a loved one. We do not solicit the public for donations to the Benevolent Fund. The Benevolent Fund is a registered charity with the Secretary of State. It exists solely as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. The UBI number for the Benevolent Fund is 601-614-340. At this time, 100% of the funds donated go to the charitable purpose.

About the Professional Fire Fighters of Kitsap County Benevolent Association

The Professional Fire Fighters of Kitsap County Benevolent Association is a charitable organization originally started by IAFF Local 2819 in 2001.  Reorganized as a separate entity in 2011, the Association's primary function is benevolent and charitable purposes for the benefit of citizens and visitors to Kitsap County; promoting the betterment and general welfare of fire fighters, their families and the general public in times of need.

Silver City Saint Florian India Pale Ale beer label courtesy of the brewery About Silver City Restaurant & Brewery

Silver City Restaurant & Brewery is the Kitsap Peninsula’s premier destination for award-winning, handcrafted beers, Northwest-inspired food, legendary hospitality, and great memories in a fun, friendly environment. Silver City was started in 1996 by Co-owners Steve & Scott Houmes, and it remains a locally owned and operated family establishment. Silver City Brewery’s handcrafted beers are available at more than 650 Puget Sound area bars, restaurants, and grocery stores throughout Kitsap, Jefferson, King, and Pierce counties

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