Skeleton Key Brewery joins The GardenWorks Project and West Suburban Community Pantry in the important work of fighting food insecurity. Their new India Pale Ale,“Growing For Good”, celebrates a year-long collaboration between the three organizations working to improve access to fresh produce for their local communities.
A community-minded family-owned and operated microbrewery, Skeleton Key Brewery has long been involved in food security and social issues within their community. “We are so humbled by the support we receive from our community, and we are always looking for ways to give back” said Skeleton Key owner Emily Slayton. “ The programs and resources that the GardenWorks Project and the West Suburban Community Pantry provide are a real lifeline for many of our neighbors, and it’s been an honor to share in their efforts to help end food insecurity in our community.”
Skeleton Key kicked off their “Growing for Good” campaign this spring with a seed-starting demo, where they provided the tools and knowledge for their community to grow produce at home. Throughout the summer, they delivered produce donations to West Suburban Community Pantry.
During the summer, Skeleton Key Brewery brought volunteers to the GardenWorks Community Gardens at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, where we grow produce for local food pantries. Brewery volunteers planted lemon thyme, sage, and other herbs in the community gardens, helped harvest for food pantries, and grew lemon thyme in garden boxes on their brewery patio.
In September, GardenWorks joined WSCP for Skeleton Key’s “Growing for Good” Brew Day, harvesting the herbs and participating in the brewing process. Lemon thyme, along with other locally sourced herbs and citrus-forward hops, add a bright flavor to this special brew, which was premiered at our signature fall fundraiser, Harvest Against Hunger, on October 14th at the College of DuPage. The new IPA was publicly released on October 18. will be donated to GWP and WSCP.
Visit Skeleton Key Brewery to enjoy this delightful IPA (on draft or cans to-go) while it lasts. “Growing for Good” merchandise featuring the one-of-a-kind label art, created by Matt Pennetti of Ashleigh Road, is available now online. All proceeds from purchases of beer and merchandise will be donated to GWP and WSCP.
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About The GardenWorks Project
The GardenWorks Project is a registered 501c3 non-profit, volunteer-led organization founded in 2012 to serve the DuPage County, IL area. The GardenWorks Project empowers, educates, and promotes organic suburban agriculture to improve the well-being of our community, the environment, and families facing food insecurity.