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Why we brew

We brew in honor of those who are living with ALS and in memory of those who have passed. Read the stories of those impacted by the disease.
Meet Alex

Meet Alex

Alex never imagined that her life would be derailed by ALS – let alone at the age of 27. In 2019, before receiving her fateful diagnosis, she was in her prime – she had a thriving career, had just gotten engaged, and was planning to soon start a family. ALS changed her plans for her career and family, and now she fights to end ALS with Ales for ALS™ and Her ALS Story!

Meet Andrew

Andrew Ritter was the Lead Brewer at Linden Street Brewery, which eventually became Oakland United Beerworks. Prior to that he brewed at Drakes. Andrew loved: family, friends, brewing beer, and rugby. He would laugh deeply and toast, “Drink beer, slay dragons!”
Tragically, he was diagnosed with ALS at age 29 and died from the disease when he was 31. During this time, he and his family received what his parents have said was “invaluable support, understanding, and love from ALS TDI.”
His friends and family at Oakland United Beerworks, brew an annual tribute beer in Andrew's name with proceeds that support ALS Therapy Development Institute. Oakland United is part of our “Beer it Forward” program where brewers use their own selection of hops to create a unique beer or use a flagship beer as their Ales for ALS™ beer!
Meet Andrew

Ales for ALS™ blog

Stories and news about our Ales for ALS™ community.
“(After my mom passed from ALS) I was kind of stuck in that hopelessness, like, ‘what am I going to do?’ when I came across Ales for ALS™. So, this has been my passion project over the last couple of years, to help try and drive more awareness in the Charlotte market. I'm hoping to kind of tie together those two passions, my love of beer and giving back to the community and now this personal connection.”
Razia Gonzalez, brewer at Pilot Brewing Company