New Belgium Brewing‘s 5th Annual CLips of Faith event, which took place on September 5th earlier this year, proved a big hit with festival goers this fall, with 1,400 film and craft beer enthusiasts enjoying a beautiful evening outdoors downtown at the Roger McGuire Green. The event, featuring fan made amateur films paired with New Belgium’s hard-to-find Lips of Faith beers and signature brews, raised over $5,700 for New Belgium’s local non-profit partner Asheville on Bikes.
Asheville on Bikes is a nonprofit organization that cultivates the culture of commuting and urban cycling within Asheville through celebration and advocacy…which is a fancy speak for the fact that these are the guys and gals that work year end and year out to make Asheville as bike friendly a community as possible. Asheville on Bikes is also the group that runs those super convenient bike corrals, where they valet park your bikes at big area events (like they were out doing at CLips).
Special thanks to New Belgium for for their hard work on this year’s Asheville CLips event, and for picking such a great cause. New Belgium has long been known as bike friendly business, encouraging employees who bike to work at their Colorado brewery through a variety of incentives and perks. Their advocacy has garnered tremendous industry recognition and numerous awards, so their support of Asheville on Bikes is a perfect fit with their corporate culture, and there’s no doubt that as New Belgium’s Asheville brewery takes shape, the new brewery will be built with the same principles in mind.
Nationwide, the entire festival drew more than 20,000 people, and raised more than $140,000 for local charities across the country.