This summer, Stormcloud is honoring the cycling culture of northwest lower Michigan with fundraisers to support local, non-profit trail systems. Support began in June with two fundraising events for the Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail, a not for profit corporation formed in 1993 to develop and maintain the Betsie Valley Trail. The Betsie Valley Trail is a 22 mile multi-use trail built on the bed of the former Ann Arbor Railroad, which extends from Frankfort through Elberta and Beulah, then south to Thompsonville.
“Our scenic slice of northern Michigan is a biking and hiking paradise,” says Stormcloud Co-Owner Rick Schmitt. “Many citizen-based groups and non-profit organizations have done incredible work over the years to create the trail systems we use throughout the year. Now it’s time to do our part to help support those efforts to create pedal-powered communities for residents and visitors alike.” says Schmitt.
"We are delighted the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is the July recipient for Stormcloud Builds Community. The trail is a wonderful addition to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore,” says Pam Darling, Development Director of TART Trails. “A passionate and dedicated group of trail supporters has taken the trail from a vision to reality. SBHT contributes to the economy, health and social fabric within the Lakeshore and its surrounding communities."
The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is a project of the Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route Committee (LSHR). Trail development is a partnership between the LSHR Committee, the Michigan Department of Transportation, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes, and TART Trails. Funding for trail development comes from federal and state grants, foundations, and individual donations. Learn more about this valuable community resource by visiting sleepingbeartrail.org.
As part of its Stormcloud Builds Community initiative, Stormcloud Brewing Company selects one charitable organization making a difference in northern Michigan to share its message with Stormcloud’s customers and to help raise funding for the organization. Recipients are chosen every month during the summer season and quarterly thereafter.
To date, Stormcloud Builds Community has helped support 12 nonprofit organizations:
- Benzie County Council on Aging (http://benziecoa.org)
- Benzie County Water Festival (http://water-festival.org)
- Habitat for Humanity of Benzie County (http://www.benziehabitat.org)
- Grow Benzie (http://growbenzie.org)
- Lakeside Shakespeare Theater (http://www.lakesideshakespeare.org)
- Crystal Lake & Watershed Association (http://www.clwa.us)
- Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (https://www.gtrlc.org)
- Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (http://benziebacn.org)
- Oliver Art Center (http://oliverartcenterfrankfort.org)
- Michigan Legacy Art Park (http://www.michlegacyartpark.org)
- Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail (http://www.betsievalleytrail.org)
- Panther Parents (Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools)
About Stormcloud Brewing Company
Stormcloud Brewing Company opened in June 2013 just two blocks from Lake Michigan in the lakeside town of Frankfort, Michigan. A small brewery specializing in brewing Belgian-style ales, Stormcloud offers 16 taps in addition to a full menu of flatbread pizzas, small plate appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, charcuterie plates, and specialty popcorn. Visit Stormcloud online at stormcloudbrewing.com.