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DES MOINES, Iowa– Some Metro beer drinkers are enjoying a familiar flavor for a good cause.

Wednesday, Confluence Brewing Company tapped the first of nine kegs of the Resilience Indian Pale Ale (IPA).

It’s all part of a nationwide fundraiser by Sierra Nevada where all the proceeds go to help victims of the California wild fires.

The holidays are a lot merrier for Roger Burtraw from Johnston, knowing he is helping victims recover from the Camp Fire; the deadliest California wild-fire to date.

“It’s one of the things you hope the public and business can kind of rally around those people who have had an unfortunate situation with the wild fires,” Roger Burtraw said,

Last month, 1,500 miles away from Iowa, The Camp fire killed 88 people and destroyed more than 1,300 homes.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is headquartered in Northern California.

“Certainly, they had a lot of local businesses people they knew possibly even employees who were affected by this,” Burtraw said.

So, Sierra Nevada started a Camp Fire relief fund to help its neighbors rebuild.

“We want to help the people who some of their employees were devastated by this wild fire that swept through the Sierra Nevada’s, so they put this call out to all these breweries asking who wants to help,” owner of Confluence John Martin said.

Confluence made enough of the IPA beer to fill more than 2,000 pints and the owner estimates that will generate more than $10,000.

All the money will go to The Camp Fire relief fund.

Confluence can’t say how long it’ll take to go through all the beer, but it is on a list of a handful of other metro breweries who are participating in the fundraiser, Peace Tree has gone through two of their 16 kegs,

All the 1,000 breweries participating in the fundraiser used the same recipe.

The beers official name is the Resilience Butte County Proud IPA.

DES MOINES, Iowa — A horde of confident Iowa State Fans packed the Des Moines International Airport on Wednesday, waiting to catch one of the several charter flights to San Antonio for Friday’s Alamo Bowl; but is San Antonio ready for Cyclone nation to take over?

“No. no way!” said Howard Hill of Cambridge.

The hundreds of travelers in the airport are expected to become thousands when they get to Texas. ISU Athletic Director Jamie Pollard expects there to be 25,000 fans in the city for the game.

“I think it’s a testament to the die-hard and the loyalty to the university and we’re all just here to have fun and enjoy the success” said Marshall Mease of Johnston.

The powers that be must have known the ISU fans were ready for a good time, past the TSA checkpoint a Busch Light stand had been set up for flyers finding themselves a little thirsty after getting through security.

While lines were long, fans say they weren’t stressed, and it didn’t feel like a normal trip to the airport.

“This is a little different, in fact we all have something in common so we’re all just talking amongst ourselves about how excited we all are so it takes some of the stress away” said Mease.

But for Mease and the rest of the Cyclone faithful, the real excitement will start once the plane touches down.