Athletic Brewing Company Donates $1.6 Million to Preserve Outdoor Spaces in 2023
November 13, 2023
Grant awards will help cover funding gaps for over 200 nonprofit projects nationwide
MILFORD, Conn. and SAN DIEGO (November 13, 2023)/OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – Athletic Brewing Company, America’s largest non-alcoholic brewery, today announced that over 200 recipients have received more than $1.6 million as part of its Two For The Trails grant program in 2023.
Established in 2018 as a founding principle of the Athletic Brewing business plan, Two For The Trails is the largest annual environmental grant program in the craft beer industry. To date, the program has awarded nearly 400 grants totaling $4.3 million and helped to fund over 500 projects in 43 U.S. states, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
At the heart of Athletic Brewing’s mission to greatly impact its communities and the environment for the better is Two For The Trails, which pays homage to co-founder and CEO Bill Shufelt’s family practice of toasting post-trail adventures with two brews. Athletic, which achieved Certified B Corporation™ status in 2022, has committed to donating up to $2 million annually to protect and restore local trails, waterways, and urban greenspaces around the world.
“The aim of Two For The Trails is to improve outdoor access for generations to come by directly supporting organizations, both large and small, that are working to protect the trails, forests, and crucial natural landscapes essential to our communities,” said Shufelt. “This year, we’re thrilled to be assisting over 200 nonprofit projects that are working to enhance and protect these outdoor spaces across nearly all 50 states.”
One of those nonprofits, The Appalachian Mountain Club — the nation’s longest-serving conservation and recreation organization — is the only organization to receive funding from Athletic every year since its Two For The Trails program launched. Using Two For The Trails funds, The Appalachian Mountain Club has embarked on an Indigenous History Exploration Project along the New England National Scenic Trail in an effort to cultivate equity and justice in outdoor recreation.
“Funding from Athletic enabled us to begin the Indigenous History Exploration Project in Massachusetts, which is engaging communities with vital history, amplifying Tribal voices, and connecting trail culture to its ancestral roots,” said Alexandra Molnar, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Senior Institutional Funder Relations Officer. “This project is central to AMC’s mission of fostering the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the outdoors.”
Meanwhile, first-time grant recipient, Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition, is building a shared‐use Class I trail consisting of 47 scenic family‐friendly miles that reaches over 522,000 users and has shifted 12% of the cars off State Route 29. Athletic Brewing is contributing to funding a critical gap of 13.5 miles between Yountville and Saint Helena.
“I’ve always been passionate about conservation and outdoor recreation, and I’m incredibly grateful to work with a company that is committed to giving back,” said Athletic Brewing B Corp & Two for the Trails Manager, Cara Wilson. “The Two For The Trails program allows us to provide essential funding to groups that are dedicated to enhancing and protecting the quality of outdoor spaces in the communities where our customers live, work, and adventure.”
Two For The Trails was established to help cover funding gaps on outdoor projects that have a transformative impact on local and national communities. Athletic Brewing accepts applications to fund projects related to trail construction and maintenance, waterway protection, environmental education, and stewardship each year. Athletic Brewing’s 2023 donations are set to impact an estimated 32 million outdoor enthusiasts.
The next Two For The Trails grant period will open in the summer of 2024. For more information on the program, please visit https://athleticbrewing.com/pages/two-for-the-trails.
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About Athletic Brewing Company
Athletic Brewing, founded in 2017 by Bill Shufelt and John Walker, is the 13th largest craft brewer in America and the leading producer of non-alcoholic craft beer. The company’s brews are distributed in all 50 states and available at over 50,000 retail stores nationwide. In 2023, Athletic was ranked as the 4th fastest-growing company in the Americas by Financial Times. Athletic was also ranked as the fastest-growing U.S. beverage manufacturer by Inc. Magazine in 2022 and named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential Companies.” The company has won over 75 prestigious brewing awards and has earned the title of North American Brewer of the Year in the last four International Beer Challenge competitions. Athletic has custom breweries in Milford, Connecticut, and San Diego, and donates up to $2 million annually to protecting and restoring outdoor spaces across the globe via its Two For The Trails program. Athletic Brewing is proudly a Certified B Corporation™. Its full-flavored near beers and hop-infused sparkling waters are available on www.athleticbrewing.com.