Friends and members of Responsible Drilling Alliance (RDA) gathered on the evening of Dec. 11 to introduce Old Loggers Ale at a tapping party, at Riepstine's Pub on Arch Street.
The evening celebrated the creation of the unique amber ale brewed for the benefit of the Loyalsock State Forest and RDA. Served in specially-made pint glasses bearing RDA's "Keep It Wild" logo, the Old Loggers Ale was a hit with those present, who also enjoyed an evening of good conversation accompanied by live musical entertainment by local musician, Doug McMinn.
RDA board president Robbie Cross provided opening comments for the evening, and board member and chemical adviser Ted Stroter gave a brief talk on the natural gas industry and the benefits and problems it presents.
Shown in the photo provided by Richard Karp, front row, from left, are Mandy Maurer, Ann Pinca, Heidi Mack and Ted Stroter. Back row, from left, are Mark Szybist, Roscoe McCloskey, Dianne Peeling, Jenni Slotterback, Barb Jarmoska, Robbie Cross, Jim Slotterback, Ralph Kisberg and Harvey Katz.
Stroter urged those present to join in RDA's work, telling the group, "We got a big fight here."
He added that anyone interested in joining can attend the working group meetings every other Wednesday night in Williamsport or can contribute financially to RDA to help fund ongoing efforts.
Stroter's ending comment was greeted with enthusiastic applause when he made a reference to one of RDA's projects, the Clarence Moore lands of the Loyalsock State Forest.
"When it comes to our state forests, let's keep it wild, folks," he said.
RDA's Keep It Wild program was launched by the group in 2012 to bring awareness to anticipated natural gas drilling in that area of the Loyalsock State Forest.
Contained within the Clarence Moore lands are the popular stream Rock Run and the Old Loggers Hiking Trail, for which Old Loggers Ale was named through an online contest.
Old Loggers Ale will be on tap at Riepstines until its tap runs dry. The ingredients for the beer included locally sourced hops grown in Jersey Shore and organic malt, making it unique to the local brew pub scene. A portion of the proceeds from sales will be donated to RDA. Only three barrels were brewed, so it is a very limited supply.
A local non-profit organization, RDA is an education and advocacy coalition that presents events, public forums, outreach programs and a weekly e-letter to provide awareness for the public about deep shale gas drilling and all of its ramifications.
RDA strives to protect our economy, environment, health, safety and quality of life.
Anyone interested in joining the group can contact RDA at email@example.com or call 888-332-1244.
For more information, visit www.responsibledri llingalliance.org, www .keepitwildrda.org or on Facebook.