ABOUT

How it Started

Cheryl Hanses has nine family members who she knows passed of ALS or are currently battling the disease. Her family has one of the identified mutant genes that causes ALS. Her husband, Mike Smith, is a third-generation hop farmer in Yakima, WA; his family has been growing hops since 1932. Cheryl and Mike leveraged their connections within the hop growing and brewing communities to help support their efforts to raise money for the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI).

In 2013 they piloted Ales for ALS, a concept where participating breweries would be offered access to an experimental hop blend, free of charge. In exchange, the breweries would brew a special beer with these hops and donate a portion of their beer sales to ALS TDI.

The pilot worked.

From 33 participating brewers and proceeds totaling $130,000 in their first year, to over 140 participating brewers in 2017, and over $1,750,000 raised to date, the program has grown each year. “Now breweries across the country hear about the program and they reach out proactively,” says Mike. “They want to join the effort because they know someone who has been, or is battling ALS. This disease is not as rare as it's made out to be.”

Cheryl and Mike want to be a part of the solution; they believe strongly that a treatment and cure will be found at ALS TDI. Read more about Cheryl and Mike here.

Cheryl and Mike Smith visiting the ALS Therapy Development Institute's lab.
Get Involved

Are you a beer-lover? See if your local brewery is serving their unique Ales for ALS brew or travel the country until you've tried them all!

FIND BREWERIES

Cheryl and Mike Smith visiting the ALS Therapy Development Institute's lab.
How it Works

Are you a brewer? Create a brew that will make a difference. This is the program in few simple steps.

1. The New Hop Blend is Made 1. The New Hop Blend is Made
1. The New Hop Blend is Made

Towards the end of the year, the new hop blend is developed by a group of master brewers for the upcoming Ales for ALS season.

2. The Season Begins 2. The Season Begins
2. The Season Begins

Each Ales for ALS program season begins and ends with the calendar year. Breweries contact our team in order to receive an invitation to the program.

3. The Brewers Order FREE Hops 3. The Brewers Order FREE Hops
3. The Brewers Order FREE Hops

Brewers choose the quantity and delivery date of their FREE hops.

4. The Brewers Craft the Brew 4. The Brewers Craft the Brew
4. The Brewers Craft the Brew

With inspiration from the hops, brewers create their beer.

5. The Brew is Enjoyed 5. The Brew is Enjoyed
5. The Brew is Enjoyed

Breweries sell and promote their new Ales for ALS beer.

6. The Impact is Seen in the Lab 6. The Impact is Seen in the Lab
6. The Impact is Seen in the Lab

Breweries donate $1 from every pint sold, to the ALS Therapy Development Institute by the end of the calendar year.

Interested? Join the program by contacting our team. Have a connection to ALS? Many of our participants do too. Click here to read about why they chose Ales for ALS.

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