Rocket Frog Brewing Company in Sterling will be releasing a Gose made with Atlantic Ocean saltwater and raffling off a special Rocket Frog Surfboard to support clean water nonprofits at an end of summer event in September.
Online retailer, designer and Rocket Frog friend Rhinohouse Surf & Snow donated a personalized Rocket Frog Surfboard with the simple mandate to “do something fun and choose a charity to donate to.” Rocket Frog owners and longtime surfers Richard and David Hartogs picked two charities: the Potomac Riverkeeper Network and the DC chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.
During an event in September, the brewery will raffle off the surfboard—which is now hanging from the ceiling in the brewery—along with other prizes.
The brewery will release its first Gose, a sour wheat bear. Head Brewer Russell Carpenter procured some fresh Atlantic Ocean sea water and will be harvesting the salt to add to the beer, and Rocket Frog will debut two custom syrups—one representing each charity—that can be added to the beer.
“Clean water is vital to breweries and we need organizations like these to champion for clean, safe, usable water and access,” said David Hartogs. “As long time surfers and owners of a brewery where 97 percent of the product is water, these causes are near and dear to Rocket Frog.”
Potomac Riverkeeper Network and Surfrider Foundation-DC will have education tables set up at the event, and Rhinohouse Surf & Snow will be setting up a pop-up store.
The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. It was founded 1984 by a handful of surfers in Malibu, CA and now maintains over 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide. Because of its location in the national capital, the DC chapter’s efforts include legislative agendas along with river and bay clean-ups and public education.
The Potomac Riverkeeper Network is a nonprofit organization with three regional Waterkeeper branches: Potomac Riverkeeper, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper and Shenandoah Riverkeeper. The organization’s mission is to protect the public’s right to clean water in rivers and streams.