Big Grove Brewery for Good: Drink good beer and help good causes

The Late Autumn Shrimp Boil

Big Grove Brewery and Taproom — Thursday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m.

A Tribute to Tom Petty: In Support of Red Cross Puerto Rico Relief

The Mill — Saturday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.

— illustration by Blair Gauntt and Jordan Sellergren

The Late Autumn Shrimp Boil will raise money for two Iowa City nonprofits by serving up locally brewed beer and Iowa-raised shrimp. Big Grove Brewery for Good, the brewery’s new charitable project, is hosting the boil at Big Grove’s Taproom in Iowa City.

“We just started the BGB for Good program last month,” said Danny Standley, Big Grove’s general manager. “We always are looking for some way to help the things we love and care about, so we started up the program as a way to do that in a little more organized manner.”

A portion of the money raised by the Thursday night shrimp boil will go to support FilmScene and the Englert Theater. Tickets are $25, and the boil is being prepared by Big Grove’s noted executive chef, Benjamin Smart. The shrimp is being donated by Iowa Shrimp Farms, which raises shrimp in Keokuk and delivers them fresh to restaurants around the state.

“Normally all the shrimp we get in Iowa has been frozen for seven days or more, often it’s closer to a month,” Standley said. “We get them the same day [the shrimp are harvested].”

The shrimp boil isn’t the only special event BGB for Good is sponsoring this week. On Saturday, it is partnering with The Mill to present A Tribute to Tom Petty, which will raise money for the Red Cross’ hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Tickets are $10 to $30.

In addition to special events, BGB for Good plans to hold regular twice-a-month fundraising nights for local nonprofits.

“We’re looking at doing it every other Tuesday,” Standley said.

This week, the Taproom held a trivia contest to benefit the University of Iowa Dance Marathon, the student organization that provides support to young cancer patients and their families.

“The buy-in for the trivia game was $5,” Standley said. “And that raised approximately $1,200 by itself.” Big Grove also donated 10 percent of the Taproom’s sales that night to Dance Marathon.

Nonprofits interested in working with Big Grove Brewery for Good can find information on the program on Big Grove’s website.

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