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The Giving Tap
The Giving Tap is about connectivity.
Each month we feature one of our handcrafts or guest beer on The Giving Tap
and we donate one dollar from each draft sold during the month
to a local non-profit or charitable organization.
It is our hope that you learn something new in and about your community each month.
We hope we inspire you to get involved and volunteer time and/or services.
Consider partnering with an additional monetary donation.
But at the very least, have a beer! We look forward to pouring your
very own rewarding Giving Tap selection! Cheers!
Must be 21 or older with valid identification to order alcohol. Always drink responsibly.
Featured Handcraft: Sullivan's Irish Stout
Recipient: AmbroPalooza, a music celebration & scholarship fundraiser
Robert Ambrosino was an exceptional high school business teacher, football and softball coach, as well as a successful musician within the North Jersey area. He was a graduate of the University of Delaware playing for the Fightin' Blue Hens football team as an offensive center. He would graduate with a degree in agricultural business. After returning home to Sparta, he coached football and softball for Sparta High School, as well as many youth programs like recreational and Diamonds softball, in which his children were actively involved. At Dover High School, he would also coach the football and softball teams.
Beyond his influence in the classroom and on the field, Rob was known as a local celebrity. He devoted a lot of his time to the popular open mic night hosted at the Lake Mohawk Country Club, as well as many more events there. He also played gigs for many restaurants and parties in Sparta and the neighboring towns surrounding. He would go on to marry his wife Kristina and raise his three children Erika, Lauren, and Robbie. He enjoyed using his love of teaching and instilling his own passions into his kids, as he became their mentor for the many sports and musical programs that his children also learned to enjoy. He touched every person's life in more ways than just the traditional role he was supposed to play. He truly had a way with words and knew exactly how to make others feel special.
On Sunday, September 26th, 2021, Rob returned home to get ready for a gig with one of his bands for an afternoon set. He collapsed in his home, after which his wife Kristina called for emergency assistance. It was later confirmed, after being transferred to 2 different hospitals, that Rob had suffered a brain aneurysm. Before Rob passed away, Kristina made sure that Rob would give any and all working organs towards organ donation. It is reported that Rob has already helped a number of people since his passing.
AmbroPalooza is a music celebration of Robert Ambrosino's life. Rob's gift of bringing people together and making them feel important never went unnoticed. His love of music was infectious no matter if it was for a gig or hosting his successful open mic. The initial goal of AmbroPalooza is to raise funds for future scholarships for young adults wanting to pursue their passions, specifically within the arts or athletic fields. All ticket sales, raffle giveaways, and online donations will go directly into the scholarships created to help those in need.
AmbroPalooza is being held on Saturday, June 11 (rain date June 12) at the Walpack Inn in Layton and it'll feature bands such as Rainbow Full of Sound, Lil Bastad, and Terri Smith Hammer, who will play throughout the course of the day for both a live attended and virtually attended audience across social media platforms. Some of the musicians who will play also have had the pleasure and the honor of playing with Rob. Local vendors and other organizations will help support AmbroPalooza to become a success. Any child who currently attends Sparta High School or Dover High School where Rob taught, will receive free entry. General admission is otherwise $40.00 and tickets are available online.
Featured Handcraft: Sullivan's Irish Stout and Prohibition Red Ale
Recipient: Found In Thyme Farm Sanctuary, Inc.
The recipient of April's Giving Tap is Found in Thyme, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit farm sanctuary that specializes in welcoming disabled, neglected, senior and special needs barnyard animals. Found in Thyme Farm sanctuary was co-founded by Stephanie and Trevor McPherson in 2017 and their mission is to provide every animal placed on their farm with a soft and loving place to land, ensuring that they receive the proper care and treatment that they deserve. Found in Thyme exists to ensure that no animal is denied the quality of life. Found in Thyme is set on several acres of land in Wantage, with the original barn built in the 1850s still standing on the property. Found in Thyme has been rescuing farm animals in need since 2017 from abuse, neglect and abandonment situations and stands on four pillars of the foundation:
Rescuing: Found in Thyme has rescued animals from various situations. Many animal surrenders have come from abandonment, improper knowledge of keeping a farm animal, auction sites and rescuing from abusive petting zoo operations.
Advocacy: With this initiative, our goal is to support the welfare of animals in need. With the support of our dedicated community, it is important to connect with the community about the realities of a farm sanctuary and all of the work that goes into caring for these beloved animals.
Rehabilitation: Animals often arrive at the sanctuary in terrible health, sometimes with life-threatening medical conditions. It is Found in Thyme's mission to provide the best possible care we can. A large majority of our funding goes into vet care and long-term treatments for our animals.
Adoption: The ultimate goal for Found in Thyme is to rehabilitate animals to the point where they can be adopted back out to family farms to live a high quality of life. We do not want to create a petting zoo, but the reality is some animals will have to live out their lives at the sanctuary under special care.
The money raised by the Giving Tap will go directly towards updates and improvements for the animal enclosures. With moving into an older, historic farm, a lot of time and funding has been spent on creating the most natural and safe habitat for our animals. We are constantly improving our fencing and doing everything we can to maximize space so that the animals can be integrated into the most natural surrounding that they are intended to be in.
Featured Handcraft: Magnify Brewing's No Limit, Toms River Brewing's
St. Johns Irish Red, our own Jameson Irish Red and Sullivan's Irish Stout
Recipient: The Grateful Shed Food Pantry
The recipient of March's Giving Tap is The Grateful Shed, a non-profit self-serve community food pantry located in Frankford Township, NJ. The Grateful Shed is a dignified place for residents to turn to in their time of hunger and food insecurity, whether it be personal or to help support someone in need.
This unique food pantry was started by three friends during the first shutdown of Covid19. It began with a simple idea of adding snacks to the school’s vestibule for families when picking up their school lunches. With overwhelming community support, their outreach was soon covering the township and a local regional high school. They quickly realized this was an unchecked need and it has become part of who we are as people and our community. The Grateful Shed now has a forever home at the Frankford Township Municipal Building with self-service for patrons five days a week.
The Grateful Shed will receive $1.00 from every beer sold on the Giving Tap during the month of March and monies received will help continue to grow their community and service journey! Cheers!
Featured Handcraft: Cassidy's Vienna Lager & Magnify Brewing's No Limit
Recipient: Ridge and Valley Conservancy
Mission: Ridge and Valley Conservancy is an accredited land trust that, in cooperation with strategic partners, permanently protects and stewards land in northwestern New Jersey for the benefit of natural communities.
Ridge and Valley Conservancy is a local land trust whose focus area is the Ridge and Valley Physiographic Province of New Jersey. This includes a section of the ancient folded mountains commonly known as the Appalachians and the Limestone Valley associated with them. In New Jersey, this Province covers much of Sussex and Warren counties. The Conservancy prioritizes protection of the highly diverse forests growing on the limestone that occurs only in this part of the state, and of connections between preserved lands in our area.
Turning 30 years old in 2022, Ridge and Valley Conservancy is a membership organization that works with local stakeholders to preserve important open space in northwestern New Jersey. It has an excellent track record in our area, currently responsible for stewarding 2619 acres in Sussex and Warren counties and for preserving many more through a variety of methods such as conservation easements. RVC is transitioning from an all-volunteer land trust by adding key paid staff members. Susi Tilly, a 24-year Warren County resident, assumed the role of Executive Director in 2019, and Lynda Tower, a Sussex County native, has just started as Director of Outreach and Development. Alison Severino serves as Stewardship Coordinator. The organization has just relocated its office to Newton, NJ, after 30 years in Blairstown, and anticipates that immersion in a different part of the region will bring more preservation partners into RVC’s orbit. Ridge and Valley Conservancy hosts programming for landowners interested in conservation and ecological stewardship, and also offers monthly hikes and other workshops. Information about membership and activities is provided on their website.
If you want to learn more, representatives from the organization will be on hand Monday, February 28 from 7:00-9:00 pm in the pub to answer questions!
Featured Handcraft: Cape May Honey Porter & Amy's Amber Lager
Recipient: Girls on the Run New Jersey North
The recipient of January's Giving Tap is Girls on the Run NJ North, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization located in Sparta. Their organization provides a program, which is a physical activity-based youth development after-school program, for girls in 3rd through 8th grade. They teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. They also choose a community service project to complete so they learn that even at a young age, they can have a positive impact on their community. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. They empower girls to reach their full potential, which is reinforced by having the girls set the goal of completing a 5K and achieving it!
Girls face social pressures and conflicting messages about how they should act and who they should be. Studies show that by adolescence, a girl’s confidence drops about twice as much as a boy’s confidence. Friendships become more complicated and challenging. Girls’ perceptions of themselves and their academic ability decline as well. The Girls on the Run programming meets a critical mental health need. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, a nationwide study found that 78% of 5th through 8th-grade girls feel lonelier and more isolated since the pandemic began. Girls on the Run is working to change that.
Girls on the Run NJ North envisions a world where EVERY girl has confidence, can activate her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams!
Founded in 2011 with 58 girls, they have now grown to serve over 5,600. They never turn a girl away from their program for financial need. All scholarship requests are granted. Since their inception, they have provided over $155,000 in scholarships. In 2021, they provided $8775 in scholarships benefiting 12% of the girls who participated.
How can you get involved with Girls on the Run? They are looking for financial support, program coaches and 5K volunteers. Please visit their Instagram @GOTRNJN or Facebook Page: Girls on the Run New Jersey North!
Featured Handcraft: Kate V's Dutch Lager & Cape May Honey Porter Recipient: DASI, Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Intervention Services
The recipient of December's Giving Tap is DASI, a 501(c)(3) Newton nonprofit organization that offers services for domestic abuse and sexual assault intervention.
Their mission is to provide comprehensive services to individuals impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking.
They hold themselves accountable to dismantle the unique barriers faced by survivors, confront systemic injustice, and drive social change.
They engage in transformative practices and aspire to create a strong, empathetic, healthy, and supportive community free of power-based violence.
They strive to empower survivors, create physical, emotional, and psychological safety, and recognize the fundamental value and dignity of all.
DASI envisions a safe and equitable community, free from power-based violence where all individuals are valued and respected, and Giving Tap donations will continue this effort.
Featured Handcraft: Kate V's Dutch Lager
Recipient: Foodshed Alliance
The recipient of November's Giving Tap is Foodshed Alliance, a 501(c)(3) local nonprofit organization that advocates for strengthening our local food and farming system and protecting the environment in northern and central New Jersey where 5.8 million people live.
--Their Sustainable Agriculture Enterprise (SAgE) program specifically addresses the challenge of land access for NJ farmers and it provides emerging farmers affordable, long-term leases on preserved farmland. So far, this program has launched 10 new organic farm businesses.
--Their LocalShare gleaning program has delivered well over 550,000 lbs. of farm-fresh, local food to underserved communities since its inception. Their 150+ volunteers glean surplus food from farms and deliver it to 100+ food pantries and social service agencies to serve those in need.
--They are partners in The Cooperative Market food hub through which rural farms in New Jersey sell healthy locally grown food to urban customers in the Newark area.
--Since 2009, they have launched five farmers’ markets in the region, including a virtual farmers’ market, which was way ahead of its time! The Blairstown Farmers’ Market is completing its 14th season. Over the years, these markets generated more than $4,000,000 into our local food economy.
Donations from the Giving Tap will allow their staff to continue their work to strengthen sustainable farming, increase access to local, healthy food, and protect the environment for all members of our communities.
Featured Handcraft: Angry Erik's Wake Up, Again Coffee-Porter
Recipient: Family Promise of Sussex County
The recipient of October's Giving Tap is Family Promise of Sussex County, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Newton. Their mission is to secure housing stability and sustainability for community members experiencing a housing crisis...because everyone deserves a home. Family Promise of Sussex County supports families and individuals through a variety of programs and services, such as the Homeless Prevention Program, Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Rehousing Program, Men's Day Program, and Shelter Diversion. Every client has a dedicated Case Manager to assist in establishing housing and building skills and resources to achieve sustainability. New Jersey has seen a 9% increase in homelessness over the last two years and no one has escaped the financial toll the pandemic has taken. Sussex County neighborhoods have been hit especially hard and your neighbors are at risk of a housing crisis.
So how can you help? Check out Family Promise of Sussex County’s website or Facebook Page for information on upcoming events, fundraisers, and volunteer opportunities! Then help further by simply drinking our guest beer on tap, Angry Erik's Wake Up Again Coffee-Porter. Family Promise will receive $1.00 from every draft purchased during the month of October!
Featured Handcraft: Baltic Porter & Angry Erik's Wake Up,
Recipient: Benny's Bodega
The recipient of September's Giving Tap is Benny's Bodega, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Newton. Their mission is to offer an alternative solution to the ongoing issue of families not having their basic needs met. They do all this with no government aid, no large grants, no corporate funding, and no paid employees. They are strictly people helping people! Their store, located at 166 Spring Street in Newton, offers basic need items to hard-working, struggling families free of charge and amazing volunteers keep it stocked!
How can you help? You can start by simply drinking our Baltic Porter and Benny's Bodega will receive $1.00 from every draft purchased during the month of September! This one packs a punch with a 9% AbV! You can also opt to volunteer, or you can donate needed supplies for their store. A list of what they are in need of can be found here. And in October they are hosting their 1st annual tricky tray and you can participate virtually! See Facebook for details.
Featured Handcraft: Blum's Belgian Wit & Steve Lawton's Kolsch
Recipient: Hayden's House of Healing
The recipient of August's Giving Tap is Hayden's House of Healing, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Columbia, NJ. This special place was created to provide a safe, tranquil space for bereaved mothers, fathers, couples and families to heal and connect together.
In 2021, Hayden's House of Healing will host 10 retreats, a time and place for bereaved mothers, fathers, couples and families to share their grief and stories of their deceased child, connect with others, participate in memorial projects and healing activities, and find hope for ways to move forward. The goal is to keep the cost of these retreats as low as possible for all who wish to attend. Donations from the Giving Tap, as well as from other sources, will help to sponsor a retreat and support meals, project supplies, meditation exercises, workshop resources, and all other materials provided throughout the weekend. Krogh's will donate $1.00 from every pint of Blum's Belgian Wit purchased throughout the month of August to this worthy cause! Bottom's up!
Featured Handcraft: Steve Lawton's Kolsch
Recipient: Sparta Benevolent Society
The recipient of July's Giving Tap is Sparta Benevolent Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to support the local Sparta community. They do this by supporting various people and organizations that make Sparta such a wonderful place to live. They promote various fundraising events that encourage the local community to spend more locally. They organize and deploy volunteers for various projects that support the community, and they provide financial support to programs that bolster our local schools, sports, wellness and educational projects. So join us in helping your community by simply drinking our Steve Lawton's Kolsch on tap and the Sparta Benevolent Society will receive $1.00 from every pint purchased during the month of July! Nothing goes together like a cold beer and a hot summer month!
Featured Handcraft: Babe's ESB
Recipient: Lake Mohawk Ski Hawks
The recipient of June's Giving Tap is Lake Mohawk's Ski Hawks, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting water skiing as a family sport and providing free shows for the community. With a rich history of 55 years, the team has over 60 members ranging in age from 5 to 65 years old! And everyone gets to participate...it's called teamwork! Skiers, boat drivers, spotters, the show director, the dock diva, equipment coordinators, safety personnel, announcers, and membership, costume and fundraising committees...everyone has a job to do because the show must go on!
Featured Handcraft: Babe's ESB
Recipient: Lennon's House
The recipient of May's Giving Tap is Lennon's House, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the needs of the mentally challenged in every possible way. Their goal is to create a special needs recreational center, gift shop and house to better this beautiful population.
The founders' son, Lennon, is the inspiration for this endeavor. He is a 16-year-old young man with a sharp wit, a delightful sense of humor, and a genetic condition called CDK13. Due to his condition, he will never be able to live on his own. Lennon's House will become a home for Lennon throughout his life, and also for others in the special needs community.