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Griffin Claw Brewing Company, located in Birmingham and Rochester Hills, Michigan, was founded in 2013. Focusing on all things craft, including beer, spirits, ciders, and food, they are also well aware that these are just the beginning. 

This is their story of a worldwide open-ended beer collaboration created to raise awareness for individuals with Down syndrome. A craft beer recipe, so to say, on how to affect change.

Meet Pat Craddock

“In 2015, my wife and I were blessed with our second son, Ian, who was born with Down syndrome, and our world was flipped upside-down.”

Meet Pat Craddock, the genius behind the TRI-21 Project. While he officially holds the title of CFO at Griffin Claw, like many others in the industry, Pat wears many hats. So it wasn’t a surprise to anyone when he came up with the idea to create a recipe and brew a beer to bring about awareness, acceptance, and funds to those with Down syndrome.

What is Down Syndrome and the TRI-21 Project?

There are three types of Down syndrome with the most common being Trisomy 21 (TRI-21). This is caused by an error in cell division resulting in an embryo with three copies of chromosome 21 instead of two. (National Down Syndrome Society)

Inspired by Sierra Nevada’s Resilience project, getting critical funds to those impacted by California’s Camp Fire, Pat recently launched the TRI-21 Project in time for World Down Syndrome month in October with plans to continue up until World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, 2022.

How Does the TRI-21 Project Work?

The TRI-21 Project is simple. Any brewery can participate. Sign up. Download the recipe. Contact the vendors for discounts. Have a brew day. Download and print the artwork. Host a party to celebrate. Donate the funds. 

Finding support at GiGi’s Playhouse when his son was born, Pat realized they would be an excellent source to receive funds raised from this project. Founded in the Midwest by a parent who needed support, Nancy Gianni created that support for herself and others, emphasizing global acceptance of Down syndrome. GiGi's is now located in over 50 locations across the U.S. and one in Mexico, offering a multitude of resources to anyone impacted by Down syndrome.

Where's the Beer?

Griffin Claw Brewing Project currently has their TRI-21 Double New England Hazy IPA available in both taprooms. For the status on availability at other breweries, click here, and check back often.

If you know of other breweries that may be interested in participating in this project, send them to tri21project.com or tag them on Instagram using #tri21project.

Sign up to Brew for the TRI-21 Project
  • Brewer or drinker, for all the information, including recipe, artwork, all the breweries participating, and more click here.
  • To sign up now, click here.
  • Tag your favorite brewery to let them know about this project using #tri21project or send them to tri21project.com
Community and Sustainability

The TRI-21 Project was born out of a desire to help a child, but it will endure out of a continued desire to build community.

And Griffin Claw doesn't stop there. With great respect for the environment, as well as the community, their efforts also expand into sustainability. We were honored to get to talk to Pat about Ian and the rest of his family, the TRI-21 Project, their sustainability practices, and so much more. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

For complete show notes click here.

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Shout Outs:

A huge shout out to Nicole Henzel from Malteurop Malting Company for connecting us with Pat and the TRI-21 Project. Your dedication to much needed projects is phenomenal, and your love of community always shines through. 

To Pat for countless hours of dedication to a project that is needed throughout the world. Your dedication to your family and to others both in and outside of the craft beer industry will not go unnoticed. We appreciate your time, your effort, and your love for community.



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    “We’re going on an adventure!!!”Who doesn’t love a good adventure? We absolutely love going on adventures. Spending the summer of 2021 in the Flathead Valley of Montana, we certainly found our fair share. One of the most memorable, however, was a simple backpacking trip into the mountains of the Jewel Basin to Crater Lake.Nothing outstanding happened. No turmoil. No broken limbs. No grizzly confrontations. Just a great 10 mile, round trip, overnight backpacking trip where we spent the night on a little peninsula that jutted out into Crater Lake.We even brought along a special barrel-aged porter from Tamarack Brewing, one of several wonderful local Flathead Valley breweries. (PRO TIP: It was well worth the extra weight in the backpack!)While on our little adventure, we noticed that there was not another soul in sight at Crater Lake. After passing Birch Lake en route to Crater Lake, we didn’t see another human for at least 24 hours… we wondered why?Why not follow your dreams?Upon contemplation, we came to the conclusion that too many people find one excuse or another to forego the adventures in life that had once been a glimmer in their eye. Quite simply, we decided that many people just need that little nudge, that little bit of encouragement to pursue their dreams; some big, some small. No matter what adventure you have at the edge of your mind, you should explore it. You should go for it. We only live once, so why not get busy living instead of being busy dying? Okay, that's a pretty deep way of saying that we decided to record an impromptu podcast on our way back to the trailhead. Of course, we didn't have our Living A Stout Life studio in tow, so we plopped down at Birch Lake, cracked open our "on the way out" beers, and recorded on our iPhones. (ANOTHER PRO TIP: Want to start a podcast and don't have fancy equipment? Whip out your smartphone. JUST... GET... STARTED!)Anyhow, we believe that you're never too old for a good adventure, no matter what shape that adventure takes. So sit down, tune in, and hopefully you'll gleam a bit of inspiration, or at least some entertainment from our adventure in the Jewel Basin!A camp to learn how to adventure!And don't forget, if you want to hang out with us and some other cool peeps and get your adventures kickstarted, be sure to join us and our friends from The Virtual Campground for Camp Carpe Diem on October 7-10 in Ouray, Colorado.For the full show notes and more stories, click here.Connect With Us:The Craft Beer Travel & Adventure Podcast is hosted by Living a Stout Life, where we share stories, community, and resources for all your craft beer travel and adventure lifestyle needs.We would absolutely love it if you subscribe to the podcast and leave us a review. As my nephew once said, "We say please and thank you!"Subscribe to Living a Stout Life:NewsletterYouTubeFacebookInstagramBuy Us a Beer:Like our podcast? Help keep it going with a donation for a beer. We'll even zoom ya for a happy hour, if you'd like. Click here.Shout Outs:Post-podcast and hike out, we went on a little road trip. We wound our way to Copper Queen Saloon in Helmville, Montana; spent the night on Nevada Lake; and then trekked on to Philipsburg Brewing Company in Philipsburg, Montana, before rounding back to Woods Bay/Bigfork. Thanks to all the fine folks at all these wonderful places along our route. And any beer geeks out there, don't skip on Philipsburg Brewing Company (and specifically their Springs location during the summer), they are kicking some serious ass with the beer and the ambiance!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/craft-beer-travel-and-adventure/donations
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    Bikin' Bits: Whitefish - What Goes Up, Must Come Down

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    Welcome to Bikin' Bits - a bit about bikin' - so you don't have to look forever to find the trails you want to ride. Where we tell you the loops to ride, the loopdy-loops to ride, the uphills, the downhills.Where we summarize the trails, so you know exactly where you want to go, how long you want to spend, how much elevation you want to gain and how much descent you want to fly down. And of course there'll be a brewery recommendation at the end.With several options to choose from in Flathead Valley in Montana, some of the best biking in the Valley is near Whitefish. A tiny little tourist town of about 4,000 people in NW Montana, it's snuggled right up against Whitefish Mountain for skiing and riding.The Whitefish Trail system is well maintained and so much fun! With the actual Whitefish Bike Park at the mountain, a bike resort, Spencer Mountain, and Haskill Basin to choose from, you really can't go wrong. But since you're looking to us for advice on where to ride, for this Bikin' Bits, we chose Reservoir Trailhead at Haskill Basin, which leads you straight to more trails at Whitefish Mountain, so you could get the best of both worlds. Plus, it's less than five miles to the beer!Here's the Ride!Starting at the trailhead, there's only one way to go - Reservoir, which is a 5 mile out and back trail (or you can choose a few loops from within the basin), for a total of 10 miles and somewhere between 1500 to 2000 feet of elevation gain. What goes up, must come down. And while that up will really make you earn your beers, that down is AWESOME and worth every minute of the up.Here's the Beer!Where to drink the beer after biking in Whitefish? Bonsai, baby! Bonsai Brewing Project, that is. Just off the main drag in Whitefish proper, this is one of the most creative breweries in Montana. And they're damn good at the beer, the food, and the ambiance. Don't miss Bonsai!Want more beer? Not a problem in the Flathead Valley. Click here for all the beer and more in Flathead Valley. Montana's not going to let you leave anytime soon.Check out all of Bikin' Bits podcasts episodes here.Connect with FlexFixx and CCD:Website and more FF InfoLearn more about Jill and AugustWebsite and more CCD InfoTrail Connections on YouTube:Check out our YouTube channel where you get to see many of the trails we talk about on the podcast.Connect With Us:The Craft Beer Travel & Adventure Podcast is hosted by Living a Stout Life, where we share stories, community, and resources for all your craft beer travel and adventure lifestyle needs.We would absolutely love it if you subscribe to the podcast and leave us a review. As my nephew once said, "We say please and thank you!"Subscribe to Living a Stout Life:NewsletterYouTubeFacebookInstagramBuy Us a Beer:Like our podcast? Help keep it going with a donation for a beer. We'll even zoom ya for a happy hour, if you'd like. Click here.Shout Outs:All the people who maintain the trails in Whitefish and the Flathead Valley. You rock. These are some of the coolest trails in the country. And to Jill and August for allowing us to put you guys on the spot. They had no idea we were going to record, and they just went with it!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/craft-beer-travel-and-adventure/donations
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    We All Have a Little Bit of Dog in Us - Beer, Dogs, and Travel

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    When we first moved into our RV, we were planning on traveling with our dog. Pali, our nine-year-old red Doberman with the best floppy ears, had other plans. She refused to get into the RV no matter what we tried. Since our boys were now living in their childhood home and Pali grew up there, too, she stayed with them. Pali has since crossed the Rainbow Bridge to frolic in the fields with her sisters that passed on before her.We have since made the decision to bestow our dog love upon everyone else's dogs. And that is how we met Tom and Ely, creators of The Dog in Us, though their fur baby, Alaska. If you're a dog lover, then this story is for you because we all have a little bit of dog in us. This is the RV dog life, and a journey to visit every dog-friendly National Park unit in the U.S.Meet Tom, Ely, Alaska, and Smoky JoeTom and Ely are one of the cutest couples you'll ever meet. And then add their two pups, Alaska and Smoky Joe, into the picture, and you'll just melt. Not only are they dog lovers and travel to places that they will all enjoy, but they are also craft beer lovers, and make the best margaritas!Meeting in college, they both knew they had always wanted to travel in an RV, and they both knew they wanted to do so with their beloved furry mates. Living in Australia for a few years, Tom's home country, they had initially planned on traveling around Australia. As we all know, plans change, and they made their way to the U.S. to begin their dreams of living and working while traveling.This is their story of building their RV dog life and a business or two. One that pays the bills, and the other that pays the heart. We talk about travels with beer, travels with dogs, hitting the road full time right before the pandemic hit, and so much more. We even get into a brief lesson about bottling beer. Yep, that's what happens when you do a podcast with friends, you talk about everything. But in the end, if you have a dog, love beer, and love travel, you'll learn a lot, laugh a lot, and live a lot.For the full show notes and more stories, click here.Connect with Tom, Ely, Alaska & Smoky JoeThe Dog in UsThe Dog in UsInstagramFacebookYouTubeUS National Parks with Dogs Facebook GroupMeet You There RV RepairMeet You There RV Repair & InspectionInstagramFacebookConnect With Us:The Craft Beer Travel & Adventure Podcast is hosted by Living a Stout Life, where we share stories, community, and resources for all your craft beer travel and adventure lifestyle needs.We would absolutely love it if you subscribe to the podcast and leave us a review. As my nephew once said, "We say please and thank you!"Subscribe to Living a Stout Life:NewsletterYouTubeFacebookInstagramBuy Us a Beer:Like our podcast? Help keep it going with a donation for a beer. We'll even zoom ya for a happy hour, if you'd like. Click here.Shout Outs:Tom and Ely, it was so much fun hanging out with you in Montana, and we can't wait to do it again in Bend. Not only were your margaritas the bomb, but the time we spent hiking, talking, drinking, eating, and getting to know each other more was awesome! We value your friendship!Alaska and Smoky Joe, we loved your snuggles and snores. You both made hiking and wandering around an enjoyable experience no matter where we were. And especially to Smoky Joe, thank you for keeping my feet warm under the table. Be sure to keep an eye out on Tom and Ely. They need you to remind them when they work too much, and it's time to go play.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/craft-beer-travel-and-adventure/donations

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