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WHAT: Beer tapping fundraiser for Friends of Arvada Fire
WHEN: 2-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23
WHERE: Odyssey Beerwerks taproom, 5535 W. 56th Ave., Suite 107, Arvada
MORE INFO: After the official beer ceremony at 2 p.m., there will be a number of activities throughout the day, including Arvada Fire Pipe and Drum performances, Arvada's first motorized fire engine from 1923 on display, hamburgers and hot dogs available for purchase, a barbecue “Smoke-Off” among the fire houses with samples and voting, cornhole, a fire pit, and music from 6-9 p.m. from funky soul blues band, Velvet Compass.
Arvada brewery Odyssey Beerwerks is partnering with Arvada Fire Fighters Local 4056 and Friends of Arvada Fire to raise money for a 9/11 memorial.
The Friends of Arvada Fire Protection District's has had a goal of creating a 9/11 memorial at Arvada Fire Station 2 in southwest Arvada ever since they received a piece of steel from the World Trade Center.
By accepting the piece of steel, the department agreed to publicly display it. Currently the steel is shown on the fire station's lawn, next to the flag pole.
But, Arvada Fire has always had a bigger vision for it. Which is why the department is fundraising to create a life-size bronze statue of a firefighter kneeling, leaning over the steel piece. The memorial will be titled "Moment of Silence." There will be benches installed around the statue and an existing wall will be transformed into a timeline of events from Sept. 11, 2001.
“There isn't something else like this in the area,” said Deana Harrington, of Arvada Fire, adding that 9/11 is a significant recent event that it involves local fire in a significant way. “It doesn't do us justice to just have a piece of steel out here,” Harrington continued. “But to have a memorial and a place people can come and have that moment of silence, I think that's significant.”
The goal is to have raised enough funds for the memorial to be completed by Sept. 11, 2018.
One way the group has been fundraising is through the collaboration with Odyssey Beerwerks to brew a specialty beer.
“We're honored to host this great fundraiser for the second year,” said Christopher Hill, owner of Odyssey Beerwerks. “We at Odyssey love being part of the Arvada community and are proud to give back in this way.”
The special beer, Old Dodge Irish Red Ale, began brewing Sept. 5 with the help of a group of Arvada firefighters. The beer is an amber with a hint of smoke, which Hill says is a tribute to the firefighters.
“It's an easy drinking, malt-forward sweeter beer with just enough hops to balance it out,” Hill said. “The hint of smoke at the end makes it unique and is a nod to the men and women who are helping brew it.”
The tapping fundraiser will take place at the Odyssey Beerwerks taproom, 5535 W. 56th Ave., Suite. 107 in Arvada, 2-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. All profits from the sale of Old Dodge will be donated to the cause along with $1 from any other pint sold that day. Additionally, Odyssey will be selling kegs to area establishments with $25 from these sales going back to the fundraiser.
Places that have already committed to buying a keg include Arvada Tavern, Tap and Dough, The Bluegrass, Colorado Plus and Lil Nick's.
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