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Brewing Hope for Olivia: Support for the Herrin Family

In the tight-knit world of Houston craft beer, you might have encountered a man named Channing during a visit at Nobi Public House in Webster or Nobi Grill in Friendswood. In fact, when I first discovered the beauty of local craft beer, he was one of the few behind the bar that introduced me. He kept himself busy interacting with the guests and educating people on craft beer. A great storyteller with a kind heart, Channing’s energy is enjoyable to be around and it’s no surprise that Channing has a rock solid army of friends around him. Here at Houston Beer Guide, he is more than just a great man, husband and father, we consider him a strong pillar of what it means to be a part of this beer community, especially south of the Beltway 8. Channing has made his way around the Houston beer scene through countless beer collaborations with local breweries in town. A sucker for a well executed brew of all styles, he has always advocated for the support of the beer in this city. I couldn’t begin to try to count how many great times we have had with Channing and frankly, I am honored just to be friends with him.

Channing during anniversary event at Nobi Pubic House – 2021

A few months ago, Channing and his wife Laura received news about their daughter Olivia that is every parent’s worst nightmare—a pediatric cancer diagnosis. According to those close to the family, she has a remarkable medical team by her side, but the diagnosis comes with a great deal of hardship, not the least of which being financial strain. Over the next twelve months, Olivia will need to undergo weekly chemo treatments which will require at least one overnight hospital stay every three weeks in addition to another surgery for tumor resection and radiation. Laura and Channing are both planning to continue working throughout this process, but the cost of treatment goes well beyond their resources.

Olivia Herrin – Photo permission from Channing Herrin

Channing’s daughter’s battle with cancer has brought forth a surge of compassion and action in our local community. Many have already start setting up local fundraisers to help the cause to rally for the Herrin family. A few weeks ago, Sandra Meyer, a regular at the Beagle teamed up with the directors at PMT YAS! Studio, a Friendswood based children theatre and raised over 4k for the family.

Please raise a toast to Olivia’s strength, reminding us all that even in the darkest of times, love and kindness can light the way forward.

This will be a long road for our friends and we are here to support them. Please bookmark this page as we will keep this page updated with other ways you can help as they appear.

Olivia, you are loved! You are in our thoughts and prayers every day.

Want to help out? Here are a few ways you can help out the Herrin family.

  1. Direct Monetary Donation – GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/channing-laura-and-olivia-beat-cancer
Channing, Laura and Olivia Herrin

2. Drink Girl Dad by Back Pew Brewing Company: Our friends at Back Pew Brewing in Porter TX brewed up a special Session IPA named Girl Dad and funds raised from this beer will go back to the family directly. At 3.8%, its hoppy and delicious too!

Girl Dad on tap at The Regal Beagle

4. Attend Upcoming Charity Events

April 13th – 12pm Save Olivia/F*ck Cancer – Music and Food at Equal Part Brewing. 10 Bands coming together to raise money for Olivia Herrin.

Doors open at 12pm / First Band at 1pm – Free – All Ages

Bands:
Quinn the Brain
Municipal Bats
Riptide Phantoms
Snake Food
Nothin, Who Cares
Bar Rats
Alien Shore
Gherkin Dolls
As We Shiver
Rooftop Boxer

May 18, 2024 – 12pm Pints & Pots for Olivia at Galveston Island Brewing

This event is setup by Texas Beer Experience and GIB to raise funds for the Herrin family to help with the costs of surgeries and treatments. Event starts at 12 and goes until 4. Tickets are $10 and will come with a wristband for unlimiting tasting and 4 tickets for people’s choice voting.

THE COOKOFF
10 teams will compete by making their best dish made in one vessel.You can enter your team here:
https://texasbeerexperience.com/…/inaugural-pints-and…/

Winners will be decided by a panel of judges for the Judges Choice trophy and every attendee will have tickets to vote for the People’s Choice winner!

THE BEER
Galveston Island Brewing and Vallensons’ Brewing Co. will be collaborating on a special brew dedicated to Olivia’s fight. More details as they are announced.

5. Drink Olivia IPA at Strong Arm Brewing Company or Nobi Public House. Olivia IPA is an American IPA brewed in collaboration with Channing Herrin himself. All of the proceeds will go to help the Herrin family with their medical bills, as their young daughter goes through cancer treatment. Olivia IPA is brewed with Pilsen, and a touch of Vienna malts, and with Chinook, Centennial, Citra, and Amarillo hops.

6. Enjoy Charity Taps at Nobi Public House and The Regal Beagle: Order beers from these rotating taps from breweries around town at both Nobi locations. The beers will vary and 100% of the sales of these beers will go to helping Olivia fight the good fight.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A native Tejana with a passion for double IPAs, she loves immersing herself in bluegrass music and spreading hippie love and Southern hospitality. When she's not enjoying tunes, she’s the voice behind the podcast "Draught Queens," where she offers unfiltered beer sensory tastings and industry interviews.

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