AUSTIN, TX – Independence Brewing Co. continues its record year with a finalist nomination for the 2012 Good Food Awards. A celebration of food and beer that is tasty, authentic and responsibly produced, Independence Brewing became one of 25 finalists out of 928 entrants with their Convict Hill Stout. This nomination highlights the community impact Independence Brewing has in Austin; as contestants are vetted on the quality of their product, including ingredients, sustainable production methods and support of local communities.
Independence gives back to the local community in a unique way. After the malted barley is used in brewing, certified organic local rancher Calvin Jechow owner and operator of Six J Ranch in Thorndale, collects the grain and uses it to feed his livestock including, free range chickens, turkeys and goats. The meat is later sold at Austin-area farmers markets which collectively benefit the Sustainable Food Center, which Independence has had a long standing history of support with.
With Sustainable Food Center, Independence has provided donations and beer for fundraising events, and has been working to further the Sustainable Food Center’s goals of improving access to healthy nutritional foods and strengthening the local food system. With events such as benefit dinners at Mansion at Judge’s Hill and Edible Austin’s Farm to Table Dinner, Independence has helped create buzz and draw attention to the efforts of the Sustainable Food Center. This partnership allows for development of local farmer markets and for companies to give back in non-traditional ways throughout the Austin-area community.
“We really try to get involved with the community in meaningful ways to create a diverse growth like we have with Sustainable Food Center and rancher Jechow. It’s a circle of life process that goes on with our spent grain helping feed animals which later get sold and proceeds help the Sustainable Food Center bring healthy food to the community,” said co-founder Amy Cartwright regarding the community efforts of Independence. “We feel this nomination really brings to light our efforts to be a responsible company dedicated to creating premier products while helping the community.”
In addition, Independence helps out other Austin non profits including Keep Austin Beautiful, It’s My Park Day, Friends of the Forest, Urban Roots and many animal rescue groups including Austin Pets Alive and Forgotten Friends.
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