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Hatter Days at Chubby Trout to raise funds for brewer Chris Gerard

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June 04, 2014

It’s going to be a mad rush for good beer at Chubby Trout next week.

The Elkhart restaurant will host Hatter Days Tap Take-Over at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, featuring all seven IPA-inspired ales from New Holland Brewing Co. on tap. The event will raise funds on behalf of Chris Gerard, owner of Bare Hands Brewery in Granger, who recently suffered a brain injury.

Cam Snyder, who opened Chubby Trout in 2006, decided to reach out after hearing Gerard had generated more than $60,000 in medical expenses. In addition to a Crowdsource website set up by Gerard’s brother, Snyder is one in a chain of bar and brewery owners across northern Indiana who have joined to “Raise a Pint” for the fellow beer-lover.

“We love what Chris has done in creating Bare Hands Brewing,” Snyder said. “We all love his beer. Since we serve a lot of craft beers from local breweries to many of the same guests that enjoy the awesome beers at Bare Hands, we thought we would reach out.”

Hatter Days will feature a family of pale ales from New Holland Brewing Co.’s Hatter series. The craft beers, imported from the Michigan brewery, include Black Hatter (Black IPA), Imperial Hatter (Imperial IPA), Mad Hatter (India Pale Ale), MI Awesome Hatter IPA (Michigan grown IPA), Oak Aged Hatter (Oak-aged India Pale Ale), Rye Hatter (Rye Pale Ale) and White Hatter (Belgian-style W.P.A.).

A portion of the proceeds from every pint sold will help cover Gerard’s medical bills. 

Hatter Days will also have drawings and giveaways for tickets to brewery tours at New Holland Brewing, gift cards and other memorabilia.

The event is co-sponsored by Flavor 574.

Chubby Trout is located at 2730-B Cassopolis St. (near C.R. 6).

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