By: Matt Brasch aka The Brewholder; Photos By: Stacey Salter Moore
In a show of true collaboration, members of the Ambler community were brought together by Forest & Main Brewing Company, From the Boot Ambler, and the Upper Dublin Lutheran Church on Saturday, February 21, 2015 for “Brewing for the Greater Good” – a fundraising project to support the Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard. Despite the threat of a substantial snowstorm, over fifty people braved the weather to sample several Forest and Main brews and From the Boot’s delectable appetizers.
The Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that meets the needs of individuals and families in Ambler whose incomes fall below the Federal Government Poverty Guidelines through food and other support. The Cupboard was founded in 1973 by Mattie N. Dixon, a longtime resident of Ambler who began the cupboard by serving meals out of her basement.
During the event, Dan Endicott, co-owner of the award winning Forest & Main Brewing Company, guided the attendees through a tasting of five of his beers, including the Bellipotent porter, Senator Hitchhike bitter, a farmhouse saison, a berliner-weisse style, and Kinch IPA. Dan’s presentation was not simply a description of the beer; it included a light-hearted history of his brewpub and a lesson on brewing methods and beer styles.
At the end of the evening, Pastor Keith Anderson of Upper Dublin Lutheran Church announced that the event had raised over $2500 for the Community Cupboard. So whether it was the beer, the food, or the fact that they had done a good thing for the community, everyone left From the Boot to the snow-covered Ambler streets warmed on the inside.