On December 12, I headed up to the Elysian Brewery Taproom in Georgetown. It was truly a night to celebrate something very special.

Guests spent the evening drinking, eating and celebrating the partnership between Elysian Brewery and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

(Photo Credit: Mallory Wilson-Morse)

The partnership began 5 years ago when Elysian sponsored Obliteride, a multiple-level bike ride fundraiser. Since then, Elysian has expanded their contributions to other Fred Hutch fundraisers, like the Base2Space, a walk up 832 steps to the top of the Space Needle, and Slayride Banked Slalom, a custom-built slalom course event held at Stevens Pass.

This past year, Elysian decided to donate the proceeds from The Great Pumpkin Beer Festival to Fred Hutch. The event raised $125,000 dollars for the institution. With federal funding for cancer research shrinking, consistent partnerships like this are increasingly more critical.

Elysian Brewing Co. & Fred Hutch celebrate the $125,000 raised at Elysian’s 13th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival this past September (from left to right: Fred Hutch Associate Director of Corporate Engagement Melissa Opland, Elysian General Manager Shreyas Balakrishnan, Elysian Co-Founder Joe Bisacca, Fred Hutch Community Partner Events Senior Manager Mark Grantor, Elysian Brewing Event Manager Beth Goldfinger).

If you haven’t had the chance to visit the Elysian Taproom, I recommend a trip up (or down) to the Georgetown location. The brewery pushes the envelope for innovated flavors and brewing techniques. And who doesn’t want to drink for a great cause?



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