Ohio-Based Platform Beer Co. to Provide Financial Relief to Restaurant Workers With Beer Fundraiser

This year, $1 from every case of their Haze Jude IPA brew will go towards the Ohio Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

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Haze Jude India pale ale

Cleveland-based brewery Platform Beer Co. has launched a fundraising program that will help Ohio restaurant workers in 2021.

The brewery, founded in 2014 by Paul Benner and Justin Carson, is partnering with the Ohio Restaurant Employee Relief Fund to donate $1 of the proceeds from each case of their Haze Jude IPA to restaurant workers across the state.

The fundraiser will benefit Ohio restaurant workers, namely servers and bartenders, who have been greatly affected by the pandemic.

Platform Co. calls it their “Haze to Raise” fundraiser.

“The most important part of the ‘Haze to Raise’ for us was making an impact, especially in one of the hardest hit businesses of the pandemic,” says Paul Benner, co-founder of Platform in a press release. “The service industry is not only something Platform coexists within, but is crucial to every community in Ohio.”

Benner continues, explaining that Platform Co. wanted to use their brand to create the most productive donation possible for Ohio restaurant workers, and their Haze Jude IPA was the obvious choice for them.

Platform's flagship brew, the hazy IPA is juicy and tropical with notes of pineapple. It can be found in most major retailers in a 6-pack or 12-pack. Hazy Jude can also be purchased on draft in bars and restaurants across Ohio, including Over-the-Rhine's Platform Beer Co. taproom, Locoba

This will be Platform Co.’s second year of their “Haze to Raise” program. In 2020, they helped raise $40,000 for food banks across Ohio, including the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, providing for around 200,000 meals.

“[We] are thrilled to partner with Platform Brewing Company on raising funds for the Ohio Restaurant Employee Relief fund,” says Patricia Halper, executive director for the Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation and Ohio Prostart in the same release. “With the #Haze2Raise campaign, restaurant employees across the state will be able to receive financial support during a time when they need help the most.”

The Ohio Restaurant Relief Fund first began at the start of the pandemic in April 2020. It provides emergency funds for restaurant, foodservice and hospitality employees affected by COVID-19.

Since their start, they have gotten more than 2,500 applications for relief. This number continually rises during the winter season “with capacity diminished at establishments without the advantage of outdoor seating.”

For more info about the brewery, visit platformbeer.co.

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