Chances are, you’ve never heard of Sanctuary Brewing Company (SBC). That’s because they are a small nano-brewery that doesn’t leave their home state of North Carolina. Though you may not have heard of them, they’re a brewery that’s worthy of your attention as they take their philanthropy work as seriously as they take their beer.
Located in Hendorsonville, North Carolina, SBC lives up to its name. Owners Joe Dinan and Lisa McDonald have turned their brewery into a sanctuary for both animals and those in need. Outside near the entrance way, they have set up what they call a Kindness Wall. It’s a place for people to leave items they may no longer need and want to donate and a place for those in need to gather things they may need. They also provide refuge for animals in need on their three acre farm just a short drive from the brewery, while also working with about a dozen animal advocacy groups using the brewery to help raise funds and support for them.
This weekend, April 14th-15th, they are coming to Philadelphia to help raise money for PAWS. As longtime friends of renown Philly chef and Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi, Dinan and McDonalds have partnered with him to hold a two night event at his bar, ITV. Elmi is putting together a special vegan menu to pair with an array of Sanctuary beers with the proceeds from the beer going to PAWS. The event is not ticketed and the menu and beer will be available throughout ITV’s open hours, though reservations are recommended as the bar has limited table seating. Reservations can be made by visiting their website here.
As for the beer itself, the brewery focuses on a variety of styles ranging from tart and funky to hoppy, which is no surprise considering Dinan honed his skills as a brewer at Wicked Weed. There is no official beer list for the event but you can see the list of beers currently on draft at their brewery here to get an idea of what you might find at ITV.