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Stellar and Confluence Brewing unite to uplift workforce

By Stephen Elliott

July 30, 2023

Stellar Industries collaborationStellar Industries, Garner, Iowa, is collaborating with Confluence Brewing, a local craft brewery in Des Moines, Iowa, to release a limited-edition beer: Uplift, Czech-Style Amber Lager. The brew commemorates the resilience of the workforce and pays tribute to those whose lives have been touched by cancer.  

The genesis of Uplift stems from an event that brought Dave Zrostlik, Stellar’s president, and John Martin, Confluence’s owner, together at a Coaches vs. Cancer gala, where Zrostlik won a bid to produce a hand-crafted beer with Confluence. As a supporter of the Coaches vs. Cancer cause, Zrostlik’s connection to the fight against cancer is personal, having lost his father to the disease. Similarly, Martin experienced the impact of cancer in his own life through the passing of his brother-in-law. 

Through their shared experiences, they collaborated on a venture that would elevate the spirits of both the workforce and cancer survivors. Thus, Uplift was born, encapsulating a message of hope and unity, the companies said. 

“Uplift is more than just a beer; it’s a celebration of the human spirit and a tribute to those who have faced the challenges of cancer. We are thrilled to partner with Confluence Brewing to craft a brew that symbolizes strength, unity and resilience,” said Zrostlik.  

Uplift is available for purchase at the Confluence taproom in Des Moines as well as at most of Confluence’s 800 distributors across Iowa. The beer will be offered in limited quantities. 

“We are deeply honored to unite forces with the exceptional team at Stellar, channeling the power of Uplift and Coaches vs. Cancer to raise vital funds for cancer research,” said Martin. “This collaborative endeavor embodies our shared commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of those affected by cancer.”