Dan Riley

Dan Riley said Riley's Brewing will continue to operate. Image via Riley's Brewing Facebook page

published on August 8, 2022 - 10:24 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The Central Valley Brewers Guild has launched a fundraiser aimed at benefiting the employees of Riley’s Brewing Co. after a fire destroyed their Madera warehouse in late July.

The Guild, a nonprofit organization composed of Central Valley brewers, hopes to raise these funds by collaborating to craft a beer for which 100% of the proceeds will support the fund.

They will also be hosting a beer festival on Aug. 27 with all proceeds going towards the fund, as well as a GoFundMe page where anyone interested in donating can contribute. The GoFundMe aims to raise funds that can be immediately distributed to employees displaced by the fire.

“Knowing the community is looking out for our displaced workers is heartwarming,” said Julian Bencomo, CEO of Riley’s Brewing Co.

Ticket information for the Guild’s fundraising festival, including participating breweries, is expected to be released next week.

Riley’s is already in the process of acquiring temporary brewing facilities to continue production while the factory is being rebuilt.

“The silly rumors about us throwing in the towel are just that: silly,” said Dan Riley, owner of Riley’s Brewing Co., in a video on social media “That’s not how we roll.”

The brewery will continue to participate in collaborations, and the brew pub, located at 2674 Owens Mountain Pkwy in Clovis, will remain open.

“Thank you so much for those that have reached out and are supporting us through these difficult times,” Riley added.

Details on the collaboration brew will be released in the coming weeks by all participating breweries.

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