New Belgium’s Clips Beer & Film Tour raised more than $8,000 for Charleston’s bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group

I’m not surprised to get the word from New Belgium Brewing on how much they raised from the Clips Beer & Film Tour on September 26. (By the way, it’s rare that any group reports how much it raises for charities.)

According to New Belgium – which is my favorite non-local brewing company (I have seasonal Razor Wit in my fridge at home) – 1,400 people came out to Marion Square to sample “Lips of Faith” beers and watch amateur films. I have no way of knowing how they counted people, but New Belgium said attendance was up 155 percent over 2012′s event.

The $8,078 raised for Charleston Moves was up 41 percent.

And another cool thing, the event’s “waste diversion rate” – recycling and composting – was 85 percent. I wish all major events could claim that.

My only complaint was the limited number of food trucks. I arrived – like many, via bike – starving.

I hope the collaboration between New Belgium and Charleston Moves continues. It’s yet another reason to support the 100 percent employee-owned company, which is recognized as one of “Outside” magazine’s Best Places to Work and is designated by the League of American Bicyclists as a bike friendly business.


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