Wild Rose Brewery bringing joy to the world this holiday season with three charity events

Beer. It gives us so much joy.

And our friends at Wild Rose Brewery are among the very best at giving it to thirsty Albertans.

Now they’re involved with a trio of seasonal events that are all about giving a different kind of joy to some worthy charities this holiday season.

The first one is the giant gingerbread house on display in the lobby of the Fairmont Palliser until Jan. 2. Calgarians can visit and take a peek at the tasty creation and make a non-perishable food or cash donation that will go to the Calgary Food Bank and The Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre. Kids can also leave a wish for other children who might be spending their holidays at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and might need a little cheering up. Then, in the New Year, Wild Rose, along with fellow local brewers Big Rock and Last Best, will grant three of those wishes to three youngsters on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern and Central Alberta.

The second joyous occasion is the Wild Rose Christmas Shoebox Party taking place Sunday, Dec. 17 at the National Westhills location from 11 a.m. until the job is done. For $15, you’ll get a pint of Wild Rose’s liquid joy, one of 200 shoeboxes that will go to The Calgary Shoebox Project — which helps local women in need — and all of the items you’ll need to fill it. Bring the family, decorate the box and brighten someone’s life at this time of year.

And the final event in the giving calendar is the Wild Rose Game Night on Thursday, Dec. 21 at the National on 8th. The evening of games, trivia, snacks and, of course, beer, kicks off at 5 p.m., with prizes for best team and most points earned during the six different games to be played. It’s $40 for a team of four to enter — or $10 per person — and you’ll get a free pint if you bring a pair of new, warm socks for the Calgary Drop-In Centre to help give those who need it a little extra comfort and, yup, joy.