Santa Clara County firefighters, brewers help restore Paradise’s resilience

Two weeks after returning from the front lines of the Camp Fire, some Santa Clara County firefighters got together for a beer at Rock Bottom Brewery in Campbell. But instead of toasting the work they did in the 13 days they spent helping fight the Butte County wildfire last month, the members of the 2310C Strike Team reassembled Dec. 4 to help victims of the Camp Fire, which burned more than 153,000 acres, destroyed nearly 14,000 homes and killed at least 85 people.

“This is the first time everyone’s been together since we got back,” said Cupertino firefighter Matt Meadors as he watched his fellow strike team members take turns stirring the mash for Rock Bottom’s batch of Resilience Butte County Proud IPA.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company brewed the first batch of Resilience on Nov. 27 and is donating 100 percent of the beer’s sales to the Camp Fire Relief Fund. The Chico-based brewery put out a call asking brewers across America to do the same. Rock Bottom is among more than 1,000 breweries nationwide that have stepped up, including a handful in the South Bay.

Meadors said the devastation caused by the Camp Fire really hit home with members of his strike team. The team was made up of five engines, each carrying a captain and three firefighters, who battled the blaze in Butte County Nov. 8-20.

When they first arrived, the strike team was tasked with holding the fire at Highway 99.

“From there we started up toward Paradise to save structures,” Meadors said. “What got us is that an entire town the size of Los Gatos is not there anymore. There’s no infrastructure left, and that’s why this (fundraiser) was so important.”

Santa Clara County firefighters have teamed up with Rock Bottom before for charitable causes.

“We have raised quite a bit of money for the Elisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation with Rock Bottom’s Fire Chief Ale,” said Adam Cosner, president of Santa Clara County Firefighters Local 1165. “They have donated proceeds from the sale of that beer many times in the past.”

Rock Bottom is slated to start pouring Resilience on Dec. 28 at its brewpub in the Pruneyard Shopping Center. Other local breweries that have tapped the beer or will do so soon are Rabbit’s Foot Meadery/Red Branch Brewing Company in Sunnyvale, Loma Brewing Company in Los Gatos and Clandestine Brewing, Hermitage Brewing and Santa Clara Valley Brewing in San Jose.

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