Buy a pint of Backwash Champion Brandon Robinson’s Pine Ryder PA on Wednesday, July 29 at the original Silver Peak Brewery at 124 Wonder Street and you can help another kid paddle to success with Project Great Outdoors.
Backwash is the celebration of hops that helps Project Great Outdoors — comprised of outdoor guides, educators and community leaders — change the lives of troubled Nevada youth by giving them a healthier outlook on life through outdoor activities; from ropes courses and team-building challenges to running the rapids on the American River.
The 2015 edition of Backwash crowned the 34-year-old Robinson’s piney goodness as Brewers’ Champion, with the reward a tap handle at Silver Peak. Beer lovers can find out how good it is and meet the brewer at 5:30 p.m. on July 29. A dollar from each pint sold that day will be donated to Project Great Outdoors.
At the last Backwash, the event raised nearly $6,000. Several past Backwash winners and participants are now professionals operating their own craft breweries.
Robinson is a home brewer from Carson City, who by day works at his software development company RDM Infinity.
“Four years ago my wife got me a brewing kit for Christmas, I think though she has been regretting that ever since,” Robinson said.
His five-gallon plastic bucket has now evolved into a garage-squatting, three-tier brewing system, dubbed “Gingerhouse Brewing.” Still, its a far cry from the Silver Peak’s 10-barrel system that will brew up 300 gallons of the 100 percent Simcoe hops Pine Ryder.
Proceeds from the Pine Ryder pour will help Project Great Outdoors pay for the vital equipment, logistics, training, permits and supplies needed to reach at risk youth. In 2014, Project Great Outdoors served 737 Participants with no paid staff and 182 volunteers. There were 48 Events, nine trainings and five community development days.
To learn more about Project Great outdoors, visit www.projectgo.org