H.O.P.E. Programs

We believe that charity begins at home which means caring for our own team members in times of crisis and financial empowerment through our H.O.P.E. Fund. Creating a "caring for each other" culture by being a resource for our team members for financial and other 1:1 support services in times of crisis and struggle is of paramount importance.

This program is primarily funded by our restaurant teammates who voluntarily donate a portion of each paycheck to the fund. Since the inception of the program, nearly $1M has been granted, helping over 800 teammates in need.

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Restaurant Fundraising

Restaurant Fundraising
We value local charity partnerships, thus all CraftWorks Foundation funding is given through the relationships local charities develop with our restaurants. By leveraging our restaurant resources of people, money, time and hospitality, we successfully fundraise hundreds of thousands of dollars and hundreds of volunteer hours to worthy causes, each year.

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We recognize that needs can vary greatly from one community to another. That's why we've created a program that allows each of our restaurants to help raise funds for organizations in their local community.

Quarterly Tapping Parties

Our Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery and Gordon Biersch teams host themed tapping parties each quarter to benefit local charities and Signature Foundation programs.

Annual Rock Bottom Restaurant Tapping Tradition

Fire Chief Ale
In a tribute to firefighting heroes across the country, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery holds an annual Fire Chief Ale Promotion to raise funds for local fire departments and fire related charities in each Rock Bottom community. Through this collaborative effort amongst our restaurants we have created funding for Fire Departments, related charities and other worthwhile organizations within our communities.

The promotion runs nationwide each Spring at Rock Bottom’s and the Walnut Brewery in Boulder, Colorado. A final check presentation to the local fire department or related charity wraps up the promotion in each community.

Fire Chief Ale is one of the specialty beers brewed throughout the year by Rock Bottom Brewmasters. This ale is uniquely handcrafted in each region and is a full-bodied amber that is similar in style to a British bitter with a dry, mildly hopped finish. The three-week promotion includes special events such as chili cook-offs and bachelor auctions in the restaurants.

Beer Festivals

As the largest purveyors of hand crafted beer, we enjoy sharing our passion at two craft beer festivals that showcase the region's best hand crafted brews.

Southern Brewers Festival
This two-day beer festival hosts 12,000 attendees and is held each August, in downtown Chattanooga. The festival features over 75 craft-brewed premium ales and lagers, a variety of craft food vendors and a stage boasting Grammy Award Winning musical acts. Nearly $1M has been fundraised and donated to local charities. Visit the Southern Brewers Festival site for more information.

Springs Beer Fest, in memory of Josh Osterhoudt
The one day beer festival in downtown Colorado Springs, features 40 of the craft brewing industry's favorite brews, local fare, family friendly activities and live Colorado Springs musical acts. Over 3,000 beer enthusiasts gather to nosh, sip and celebrate craft beer. Nearly $100,000 has been fundraised by this festival and donated to local Colorado Springs charities and the Foundation's Signature Programs. Visit the Springs Beer Fest site for more information.

Pizza Palz

Created as a fundraising program to benefit a broad range of local non-profits and service organizations, the Old Chicago Pizza Palz program is an easy way to raise money for your local non profit or school group.

Pizza Palz are gift certificates available for sale at Old Chicago Restaurants. Various organizations purchase the Pizza Palz from Old Chicago Restaurants for $6 and sell them as a fundraiser for $11. The purchasers can then redeem the Pizza Palz gift certificate at Old Chicago Restaurants for a large pizza (maximum value of $22). Minimum/Maximum purchase is 100 certificates. Please contact your local Old Chicago to learn more.