Steve Griffin’s passion is brewing beer and now he gets to share that passion with others.
Hop the Griffin is a new brew pub and wine bar near 71st and Yale. Customers who bring in school supplies to donate can get a free drink.
Griffin is the owner of the new brew pub and wine bar and he is running it with his brother and parents.
“During the day, two, three times a week I’ll be brewing. You can eat some nachos and watch us brew all our vessels are right there where you can see them. And then we literally do everything within what a 30-40 yard area and then transfer and you’re drinking it right here on tap,” said Griffin.
“So if this just helps get some of those supplies mid year that they are running out of, I think it’s a good thing,” said Griffin.
He is honoring his mom’s passion during the opening of Hop the Griffin by offering a free beer in exchange for school supplies.
He said a few people brought in supplies Wednesday and he’s hoping to see more Thursday because he knows how important notebooks, markers, and other school supplies are for teachers.
“My mom has been a teacher 30 years, she’s been at Edison almost 20. I know a lot of times and, this is probably common with a lot of teachers, but they pay out of pocket for school supplies. $400 – $500 a year. They shouldn’t have to do that,” said Griffin.
The school supplies will be donated to Edison Prep. Griffin hopes to have more supply drives in the future.