It takes a village.
We nourish our community by treating our employees well; donating generously to environmental, educational, and social justice non-profits; and advocating for the interests of craft beer at every opportunity. Here are some of the other forms of our civic engagement:
Pink Boots Society
Pink Boots Society is a national organization dedicated to empowering women beer professionals to advance their careers in the beer industry. We partner with them to sponsor the Fremont Brewing/Pink Boots Apprenticeship, a 5-week internship in all aspects of beer production. The successful applicant will receive a $2,500 living stipend and create a special batch of beer and brew it on March 8 for the world-wide International Women’s Day Collaboration Brew Day.
Supporting Our Veterans
We partner with baseball teams and other breweries to produce the Homefront IPA. It all started in 2011 when Mariners pitcher and home brewer Chris Ray approached Fremont to brew a special IPA with orange zest and aged on Louisville Slugger ™ bats. Once fermentation was complete, the bats were removed, signed by the team, and auctioned off. 100% of the proceeds were donated to Operation Homefront, a national non-profit that assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food, housing and other forms of assistance. Homefront IPA was so successful that we took the effort national, recruiting breweries across the county including Cigar City Brewing, Center of the Universe Brewing, 21st Amendment Brewing, Stone Brewing, St. Arnold Brewing, Maui Brewing, Perennial Artisan Ales, Left Hand Brewing, Sly Fox Brewing, Phoenix Ale Brewery and Palmetto Brewing. To date, Homefront IPA has raised over $700,000 for various veterans assistance organizations and Fremont Brewing donated $8,000 in 2016
We brew Pride Kolsch in celebration of Pride month and donate a portion of the proceeds to LGBTQ advocacy organizations.
Ales for ALS
We brewed a special beer to raise awareness about ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and donated $6,000 of proceeds to the ALS Therapy Development Institute in 2015
We hold leadership positions in several organizations whose mission is to advance the interests of craft beer, small business, and the manufacturing sector.
Brewers Association Government Affairs Committee
The Brewers Association is craft beer’s national association and Sara is a member of the GAC which advances policies and legislation at the federal level to protect and promote the craft beer sector. For example, in 2015 and 2016 our efforts have been directed primarily at reducing small brewers’ federal excise tax and ensuring our fair access to retail markets.
WA Brewers Guild Government Affairs Committee
The Guild promotes the interests of Washington craft beer at the state level through lobbying and outreach to state elected officials and the WA Liquor and Cannabis Control Board. We recently opposed an initiative to increase the state excise tax, promoted several bills to reduce regulatory red tape, and supported the campaigns of legislators who support our industry.
WA Brewers Commission
The WA Beer Commission puts on 6 festivals per year to promote WA craft beer and Matt was appointed to the commission in 2012 by Governor Jay Inslee.
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, Policy and Leadership Committee
The PLC analyzes the impact of local policy initiatives on industry sectors in the Puget Sound region and recommends action to the Chamber’s Executive Committee. Sara is particularly focused on promoting the interests of small business and the manufacturing sector.
SHiFT is an art installation placed on the sidewalk in front of the Urban Beer Garden at the request of the City of Seattle. It was created as an installation for the 2014 Seattle Design Festival’s theme, DESIGN IN MOTION in Occidental Park and the designers and the City of Seattle wanted to give it a permanent home in Fremont. Conceived as a medium to activate the urban space, the slatted Alaskan yellow cedar screens filter light, sound, and action between moving bodies. Using computer modeling and a CNC router, each wavy wood piece was created by splitting one board in two, with no resulting material waste. Various ambient conditions will always create a unique experience depending on one’s speed, height, mode of transportation and many other ephemeral factors, such as the slat’s geographical location, season of the year, time of day, and weather conditions. Through your interaction, we hope to create a whimsical, active and positive story between cyclists, bus riders, motorists, and pedestrians. We ask you to please move, shift, play and enjoy! Funding, engineering and logistics for SHiFT provided by KREKOW JENNINGS.
We join forces with other members of the hospitality industry to raise money for good causes such as literacy, local food, conservation, and food banks.
We are a member of several civic organizations including the Downtown Seattle Association, Greater Seattle Business Association, Fremont and Ballard Chambers of Commerce, and the North Seattle Industrial Association.
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We show our appreciation to our fine staff by offering competitive benefits such as a deeply subsidized healthcare plan and transit card; an employer-matched 401(k) plan; paid family leave, and more!
We hire local, independent contractors and services and purchase locally-made ingredients and equipment whenever possible. This might cost more but it strengthens our web of resiliency and interconnection.
We’re a Founding Member of the Seattle Good Business Network which promotes local, independently-owned businesses.
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Since our founding, Fremont Brewing has been proud to give back to our community by providing in-kind donations to nonprofits whose missions support our core values. Our beer has fueled the over-bidding at thousands of auctions and our branded merchandise has helped tip the fundraising scales at silent auctions.
Find out here how your nonprofit organization can request an in-kind donation of beer or merchandise from us.