Louisville Magazine

MAR 2017

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.17 87 Against the Grain Tapping Portland for Production and Packaging An industrial pocket of the Portland neighborhood is home to a 25,000-square-foot warehouse that serves as the production arm of Against the Grain Brewery. Monday through Friday a stretch along Northwestern Parkway is filled with the smell of malted barley being mashed, mechanical sounds of canning beer and traffic of trucks coming and going to ship their brands all over the world. It's not unusual to catch a neighbor stopping in for a beer with the warehouse crew or picking up recycled plastic kegs to use for gardening. This production and packaging facility, AtG Portland Production, result of a much-needed 2015 expansion project. After feeling the growing pains of a 15-barrel system producing 1,500 barrels per year trying to keep up with market demands, it was time for a second, larger location. AtG Portland Production, previously a paintball facility and panel manufacturing company, increased beer production by 400 percent with a three-vessel 30-barrel system. They now produce 6,500 barrels of beer a year with expansions scheduled this summer to increase capacity beyond 10,000. When their first location, Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse, opened in 2011, partners Sam Cruz, Jerry Gnagy, Adam Watson and Andrew Ott did so with the philosophy of making things better. This not only applied to their innovative beers, but their view of community, too. "It wasn't just to have a successful brewery and restaurant; it was also to move the Louisville community in a better direction. As Portland redevelops, Against the Grain has the opportunity to step in and have an impact," says Cruz. A Force for Good — For Those Who Need It Most We love Louisville. We see Louisville as a community where people and places thrive. This vision drives us to connect donors and community partners with grants and issues that matter. As a founding partner and continuing supporter of the Greater Louisville Project, we were drawn to its latest report on poverty. The report highlights how multi-dimensional poverty (e.g. scarcity in education, health, income and employment) disproportionately affect Louisville's western and south central neighborhoods and demonstrates clearly how scarcity in parts of our community affects us all. Faced with this sobering information, we had to challenge ourselves and ask what could we do to move the needle for those who need it most? Our plan is clear and uncomplicated: we will apply a strategic focus to our annual grants, the Fund for Louisville capacity building grants program, by investing in the organizations which are strengthening Louisville's 11 most distressed ZIP codes. By investing in these organizations for things like technology upgrades, strategy development, professional development and evaluation and feasibility studies, we will build the infrastructure these organizations need to change lives. Together we can do more than any of us thought possible for our community. Whether it's as a donor through a Donor Advised, Charitable Checking, Endowment or CFL Capital Impact Fund, or as an engaged member of our community dedicated to ensuring we all rise — join us in being a force for good! Special Advertising Section

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