2017 Year In Review | Four Day Ray Brewing
Thanks to all of you who helped make 2017 such a remarkable first year for Four Day Ray Brewing! As we embark on 2018, we wanted to take a moment to share, with gratitude, some of our reflections on 2017.
Today Seems Like a Good Day for a Beer.
Beer First – we are a brewery, after all! We love to drink great beer and we love to make great beer. Last year we brewed 26 different beers and we hope most beer fans found something to enjoy at FDR. It was nice to be recognized for our efforts with a Bronze Medal at the Indiana Brewers Cup for Warring Factions, our American Brown Ale. We were equally delighted to learn that our beer, Hot Pink, won a Bronze Medal in the “Experimental” category at The Great American Beer Festival®.
Work hard. Raise a Glass.
Beer may be first, but it’s really all about people! This past year over 200,000 people (nearly three times Fishers’ population) visited our brewery and restaurant. Granted, that’s about the equivalent of 37 minutes of IKEA traffic, but hey- we just brew beer, and besides, we’re not even Swedish! To take care of all of these folks we employ a team of 89 human beings, six dogs and a parrot named Ollie. Ok, so Ollie rarely does any work, but he does like beer!
Beer is what we make. Community is what we create.
Last, but certainly not least, we care about our community. That’s why we built Four Day Ray in our backyard. As part of that, we give back to that community. In 2017, we were delighted to contribute to the charitable and civic endeavors of 154 organizations, donating nearly $50,000 in cash and in-kind contributions. More than $11,000 was donated from our grand opening events, with proceeds benefiting Down Syndrome Indiana, Geist Lake Coalition and St. Louis de Montfort Catholic School. This past fall, we donated $14,000 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to help meet storm-related needs supporting long-term recovery in Texas. We were also delighted to partner with over 42 organizations on dine-to-donate opportunities and community focused events including the Indiana Blood Center, BACA Charities, Heaven After Hell Animal Rescue, Habitat for Humanity Hamilton County, Little Red Door, Humane Society for Hamilton County and many, many others. If you know of a charity that does great work, we want to know about it.
Thank you again for all of your support in 2017! We are grateful to be part of the Fishers community. We couldn’t do what we do without you. We have exciting plans for 2018 and we look forward to taking the journey with you.
– Chris Welsh, Matt Troyer, Brian Graham, & Mitch Ackerman