Craft breweries unite to raise funds for Ukraine

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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Support shown: craft breweries have formed a group called Drinkers for Ukraine (credit: Getty/Kukurund)
Support shown: craft breweries have formed a group called Drinkers for Ukraine (credit: Getty/Kukurund)

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Europe’s craft breweries, cider makers and wineries are coming together to raise funds and show solidarity for the Ukrainian people, as the ninth day of Russia’s invasion dawns.

Fighting continues in the north, east and south of Ukraine as Russian forces persist in their invasion. Russia has so far seized one city, Kherson, in southern Ukraine. On Thursday night (3 March), a fire broke out at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant after a Russian attack, in what western powers condemned an “horrific” and “reckless” act.

The Drinkers for Ukraine​ initiative, which was launched yesterday, is a fundraising drive to support the International Red Cross humanitarian relief efforts.

Hosting events

The project will host events throughout March, with Drinkers for Ukraine​ calling upon breweries to brew Resist, a ‘Ukrainian Anti-Imperial Stout’ developed by displaced Ukrainian brewers, with profits donated to the Red Cross.

What’s more, the initiative is inviting businesses and individuals to join an online charity auction of rare and sought-after items.

“The messages of support we’ve already received from our international friends have meant so much,” Drinkers for Ukraine​ project leader Lana Svitankova said. “With Drinkers for Ukraine​, we want to channel this solidarity into real, practical help for the people dealing with the devastating consequences of this tragic and illegal war.

“It will start with charity auctions and a collaborative brew but we have more plans in the works for even more people to show their support and get involved. It isn’t hyperbole to say this is a matter of life and death for millions of people, who urgently need our help now, in whatever way we can provide it.”

Russian products dropped

Many businesses have ditched Russian-made vodka in support for Ukraine, including Nightcap Group and Arc Inspirations. Co-op Food and Marco Pierre White’s London steakhouses are some of the most recent companies to stop selling Russian booze.

Also, pubs and bars across the country are acting as donation points for Ukraine aid, including the Saltgrass pub, Sunderland, County Durham; and Bee House bar in Manchester.

Polish Integration Support Centre director Anna Buckley, who is working in partnership with Bee House bar said: “The response has been amazing. The people are so kind, so generous, and they do everything they can to support the others.”

Breweries, cider makers, wineries, and other drinks-related businesses wishing to run an auction, participate in the collaborative brew, or learn more about the project, can find out more at: www.drinkersforukraine.com

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