Nov. 24 – Visit your favorite local craft brewery on Saturday and chances are a portion of your bill will help support survivors and victims of the Nov. 19 mass shooting at Club Q.
More than 20 local breweries have signed up to take part in the Brews for Q fundraiser, agreeing to donate a portion of the day’s sales to charity campaigns following the attack that killed five and injured 18 just before midnight in performed at the popular brewery LGBTQ+ dance club in Colorado Springs.
At Peaks N’ Pines, $2 from every beer sold Saturday goes to verified campaigns raising money for those injured in the shooting and the families of those killed, said brewery owner Teresa Vieira, who has spearheaded the fundraising effort.
On Sunday and Monday morning, Vieira said she and other brewers were already making plans to hold a fundraiser to benefit victims of the attack.
That was before they learned that members of the Colorado Springs “brewer’s family” were among the injured and the hero who helped stop the massacre was one of their own.
Richard Fierro, the “hero vet” who helped fight and disarm the 6-foot-4 gunman — stopping the firing of gunfire and holding the suspect until police arrived — is a member of the close-knit brewery community the city.
Fierro and his wife Jessica opened their award-winning Atrevida Beer Co. in 2018. Neither sustained gunshot wounds in the attack at Club Q. Their daughter, Kassy Fierro – who helps her parents brew and run the company – broke her kneecap trying to escape the gunman. Kassy’s boyfriend and longtime friend of the Fierro family, 22-year-old Raymond Green Vance, was among the victims.
“It was never a question, should we do something? It was what we do? Even before we knew either of us was involved,” Vieira said. “When we found that out, it just kicked into high gear.”
With so many of Atrevida’s core employees recovering from injuries — not to mention the trauma they will likely spend the rest of their lives working at — the Colorado Springs brewing community is stepping up in every way to help, Vieira said .
With financial support, for recovery outside of working life and, if necessary, also in the company.
“If they need someone to help brew beer or at the bar, we’re here for them,” Vieira said. “It’s just incredible horror. I can’t imagine what the families are going through, what poor Jessica and Rich and Kassy are struggling with every day… and now for the rest of their lives. But they know we’re here for them in whatever way they need us.”
On Wednesday morning, Richard Fierro posted an emotional message on his personal Facebook page, thanking the community for their support.
“I’m honored to have known you all. I’m a better man to have met you all. To see such an outpouring of love…my family and I are blessed to have each of you in our lives,” he wrote. “This event forever changed our journey, but knowing the love of you all helps us take another step forward.
“Love to all of you who support our little family, brewery and life journey,” he wrote. “I owe each of you a hug and gratitude for being a part of our lives.”