On International Women’s Day (March 8th, 2017) 24 teams of breweries, beer bars and event organizers brought their sparkly sweaters and sliders to compete in the 5th Annual Beer Sisters’ Charity Hopspiel, a curling tournament raising $7125 for the Native Women’s Resource Centre, a vital part of Ontario’s Indigenous community. That brings the grand total raised over the last five years to $25,125 for the charity.
This year, Black Oak Brewery beat out 23 challengers to take the Hopspiel Trophy (which doubles as a tap handle which the brewery gets to keep all year). Taking second place was The Granite Brewery, and in third, Great Lakes Brewery.
This year’s Team Spirit awards went to Sawdust City Brewery — aka “unicorn magic,” who also tied with The Beer Writers Team for last place. While volunteers from The Royal Canadian Curling Club and from the beer community kept everything running smoothly both on and off the ice.
The curlers and volunteers were fuelled with lunch, coffee, snacks, Caesars thanks to “Imperial Sponsor,” BSG Canada, Full Pint Sponsors, Big Rock Brewery and Creemore Springs Brewery, and our Session Sponsors: Walter Craft Caesar, craft snack makers, Neal Brother’s Foods Inc., and volunteer-beer sponsor, Amsterdam Brewing Co. Kick-ass raffle prizes came in from more generous donors: Labatt Breweries and The Sandler Wealth Management Group at RBC Dominion Securities.
All funds raised go directly to supporting Native women and their children who come to Toronto from around Ontario. A vital source of support, the Centre provides women with a hot lunch daily, a food and clothing bank, resources to find affordable housing, navigate the justice system, bring up healthy children, and continue to practice traditional cultural and medicinal ways in the city.
Thanks again to everyone for your time and generosity. For pictures of the day, courtesy of Ken Woods, check out our facebook page.
See you next year!