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Laura Squared: A beer to feel good about

A message from our Founder & Brewmaster, Nick Tanner, on a recent charity beer opportunity for Cherry Street Brewing and Mentor Me North Georgia, Inc.:

When I started the concept for Cherry Street Brewing in 2006 long before it became an actual company, we focused on 3 core values, which are still our mission points today: Community, Sustainability, and Education. Basically, we want to enrich our community, reduce our stress on Mother Nature, and the more knowledge and continued education will allow this to happen. Back in my homebrew days in college in Fort Collins, CO, we started a homebrew club focusing on cooperative ideals and we named ourselves Cherry Street Brewing Cooperative. There was a bike co-op, food co-op, and agriculture co-op, so we started a brewing co-op. Everything we do today focuses on these 3 cooperative ideals. In other words, we now let craft beer be social, humble, and charitable. When Cherry Street started brewing beer in late 2012, we made local charity a major philanthropy for our company. We always have local charity beers and charity events to keep our community thriving.

A recent experience allowed passion, dedication, and excitement to flourish. A few months ago, a longtime patron and supporter, Neal Hieb, reached out to me wanting to see if there was a way he could buy a "hands on brewing experience" for his sister, Laura Hieb, and her best friend, Laura Turnbow, for her retirement gift. Laura Hieb is extremely passionate about all things beer and is wanting to further her love of beer by studying for the Cicerone Certification Program. This accreditation is quite rigorous and requires a tremendous amount of education, hands on experience, and knowledge of beer styles and the brewing process.

We have donated this type of opportunity to local charities before, known as our "Be a Brewer For a Day" experience, however we created a more detailed and thorough agenda for this particular experience. The price was determined and I then told Neal I was going to take the check and donate it to a local charity. I told him that I want to combine my passion for beer and education and use it to further help our local community.

We selected Mentor Me North Georgia, Inc. as our local charity based in Forsyth County, Georgia. Mentor Me was established as a nonprofit organization by the Leadership Forsyth class of 2002 having served over 5,000 children and youth in this time. At Mentor Me North Georgia, their mission is to connect young people ages 6-17 to trusted adults and role models who provide opportunities for them to reach their full potential. They serve school aged children and youth by matching them to positive role models to help them grow into healthy members of our community. Not only do we believe in the mission and values provided by this group, but many of the board members and volunteers are great patrons, neighbors, and supporters. This is our type of community support: just as the community is here for us, we are here for the community. Visit Mentor Me's website here:

Ultimately, a shared passion for beer and brewing and continued growth and education created an opportunity to raise $2000 for a local charity empowering today's youth in our community! Thank you to all for allowing me to make this happen.

Please visit the link to read the article in the Forsyth Herald: