Hurricane Harvey relief: Oskar Blues to donate cans full of drinking water

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Hurricane Harvey relief: Oskar Blues to donate cans full of drinking water

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Oskar Blues was the first craft brewery to release its beer in cans; now, through its charitable foundation Can'd Aid, the brewery also sends cans of drinking water to crisis areas, including Harvey-torn Houston.

Texas breweries, like many bars and restaurants, have stepped up to help out with Hurricane Harvey relief, from Saint Arnold in the heart of the flood-ravaged city of Houston to Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling in the Texas Hill Country. 

Saint Arnold is offering free beer in exchange for Harvey relief supplies, like baby food and toiletries, while Treaty Oak is throwing a four-day benefit with multiple ways to help out the cause. And that’s just two of the big-hearted breweries in this state giving what they can.

Austin’s Oskar Blues Brewery joins the philanthropic pack in its own way. Its charitable foundation, Can’d Aid, is raising money to send almost 90,000 cans of drinking water to Hurricane Harvey victims.

“As you know, Hurricane Harvey is devastating much of the Houston, TX region,” according to the fundraising page for Can’d Aid’s flood relief efforts. “In response, the CAN'd Aid Foundation is moving to quickly distribute 88,800 cans of clean drinking water to victims in need, in partnership with Oskar Blues Brewery and the Ball Corporation.”

So far, the foundation has raised about $4,600 of its $10,000 goal. 

It’s not the first time Oskar Blues, which also has breweries in Colorado and North Carolina, has converted beer cans into water containers through the Can’d Aid organization. Can’d Aid’s website notes that they have been able to donate “483,200 cans of clean water to victims of flooding and other disasters, including the Flint, Michigan, water crisis.”

Oskar Blues opened its Austin facility last fall and will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Sept. 16 with a live music show featuring Bright Light Social Hour.

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