'Shine Like Sable' honors Mason fourth-grader who died of flu-related cardiac arrest

Posted: 9:24 AM, Apr 02, 2019

By: WCPO staff

A Mason brewery is helping to raise funds for the Shine Like Sable Foundation — created in honor of Western Row Elementary School fourth-grader Sable Gibson who died of flu-related cardiac arrest in February.

A donation event takes place Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Sonder Brewing at 8584 Duke Blvd. in Mason, according to an event Facebook page.

This month, the brewery is selling the Sonder “Givin’ on a Prayer” tap — a Lore Pale Ale. On Tuesday, 20 percent of proceeds from Lore sales benefit the Shine Like Sable Foundation, and 10 percent of Lore sales will benefit the foundation for the remainder of April. 

The foundation will focus on paying it forward with kindness with initiatives such as weekend food packs and support for teachers, according to the Prayers for Sable Gibson Facebook page.

The foundation was “formed to honor the memory of Sable Gibson who made it her mission to go above and beyond in order to help others,” according to one post.

Later this month the foundation will host an official kickoff to Shine Like Sable at the Kendra Scott store at Liberty Center. That event is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 25. Again, 20 percent of sales during the event will benefit the foundation. 

During the April 25 event, participants can make purchases from The Sable Collection which features signature pieces designed by Sable’s mom, Holly. The items feature Sable’s October birthstones, according to an event page.

RSVP to the Shine Like Sable kickoff event by clicking here.

Anyone interested in donating to the foundation can send a check to:

  • 4479 Meadowbrook Lane

  • Mason, OH

  • 45040

  • Payable to Shine Like Sable


Parents of girl who died after flu diagnosis create foundation in her memory

Jatara McGee - Reporter WLWT 5

MASON, Ohio —

The heartbroken family of a Mason fourth-grader, who died just over one month ago, is using their grief to inspire change and make a difference.

Sable Gibson, 10, died in February after contracting influenza and strep throat.

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Her parents talked with WLWT about how they are keeping her memory and legacy alive in an exclusive interview.

"It's still pretty fresh. It's not even been six weeks," said Holly Gibson, Sable's mother. "I can't even really imagine in 10 years that we'll feel any different. We just have such a hole in our hearts right now that will always be there."

The Gibson household is a little quieter these days, now missing the smallest and sixth Gibson sibling.

"You get lost in your own grief," said Sable's father, Scott Gibson. "We're learning to be more generous and more intentional, which is what Sable already was. Even at 10 years old, she was way more generous than I am. She was way more intentional and didn't even know it."

Monday was particularly emotional. It was the birthday of one of Sable's closest friends, Bella. She and three of Sable's other best friends visited the Gibsons for a birthday party. It marked the first birthday Sable was not able to attend.

"So how many times have you brought up Sable's name today?" Holly asked the girls.

Scott Gibson said seeing the group is one of the most difficult parts, because he sees so much of his daughter in her friends.

"We're not OK ... We'll never be OK," Scott Gibson said. "We'll never forget her. She'll always be a part of our lives. Unfortunately, we know we have to move on. It's hard," he said through tears.

Her parents say Sable was easy to be proud of, easier to love and impossible to forget. They have shed many tears and have been on the receiving end of many hugs and prayers, as well as thousands of greeting cards, some from complete strangers.

Now, they're launching a charity effort that mirrors the acts of kindness for which Sable was well known. They are naming it the Shine Like Sable Foundation and beginning fundraising efforts immediately.

"It gives us a chance to see some good come out of this, if there is any," Holly Gibson said.

Scott Gibson said they will fundraise and volunteer for any cause they see fit and already have several in mind. The foundation is modeled after Sable's selflessness, kindness and what her father calls a "sixth sense for caring and helping people."

"As soon as we get it, it's our desire to ... let's get rid of it and keep that as close to zero as the bank will allow us to," he said. "That's our goal."

A board, made up of businessmen and women and parents in the community, will oversee the foundation.

"So this keeps her memory alive," Holly Gibson said. "Helps. Little reminders along the way."

The Gibsons plan to use money raised through the foundation to give back to Children's Hospital and child life specialists at the hospital, send backpacks of food home to children in need, fund a therapy dog at a Mason library and send at-risk children to Kings' Island, among other goals.

Several fundraisers have already been announced.

At Sonder Brewing in Mason, there is a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The official kickoff fundraiser is scheduled at Kendra Scott in Liberty Center from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 25.

The foundation is also selling t-shirts, sweatshirts and other apparel on the 'Prayers for Sable Gibson' Facebook page through April 30th. Additional fundraisers and events will also be posted on the page.

Anyone interested in donating to the foundation to send a check payable to "Shine Like Sable" to 4479 Meadowbrook Lane Mason, Ohio, 45040. The Gibsons expect the option to donate electronically to be available by the end of the week.

"It really is shine like Jesus," Holly Gibson said. "It's a daily reminder to do that, but I think everyone can remember Shine Like Sable, too."

Death of 4th grader after flu has family creating fund to help others

Brian Hamrick - Reporter WLWT 5

MASON, Ohio —

An idea to help other people has risen from a tragedy that devastated a Mason family.

Sable Gibson, who was a healthy and active 10-year-old, died in February after getting the flu and strep throat.

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Her parents have started a foundation that they hope reflects her personality.

"She taught us a lot about generosity," said Sable's father, Scott Gibson.

Sable's friends and teachers told her parents she was known for her many small acts of kindness.

"We're hearing a lot of stories we didn't even know about," Sable's mother, Holly Gibson, said.

The Shine Like Sable Foundation will raise money to help with projects that may not have any other way to be funded.

The fundraising started Tuesday at Sonder Brewing Co. in Mason.

All month, 10 percent of the sales of one of its craft beers will go toward the foundation.

"So, the goal of the foundation is to have some money available to do small acts of kindness," said Sonder Brewing's vice president of marketing, Jennifer Meissner.

"We're going to continue who she was because this is really who she was: a person. She was just so much fun and brought so much light into a room," said Scott Gibson.


Greater Cincinnati's newest brewery opens this weekend – and it has big plans

By Andy Brownfield – Reporter, Cincinnati Business Courier

Oct 26, 2018, 12:00pm EDT

A Greater Cincinnati brewery opening this weekend is taking full advantage of its 6.5 acres of land, bringing outdoor activities and games to its campus.

Sonder Brewing at 8584 Duke Blvd. in Mason is celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 27. The brewery wants to be a place people can go and hang out even if they don't like beer.

Its 6.5-acre campus will lend itself to that. It will have the typical brewery things – taproom, patio and a kitchen serving bar fare – but it will also include amenities like bocce ball courts, cornhole sets, a wiffle ball diamond and a kickball field. Partner Justin Neff describes it as pretty much a full recreation center.

"While our beer will be amazing, it will be a space you want to hang out," he said.

The 3,000-square-foot outdoor patio will include a projection screen to show sporting events and family-friendly movies. Future plans include a rooftop deck with a direct line of sight to the Kings Island fireworks.

Neff is a longtime home brewer. He and his wife moved to Cincinnati for a food industry job where Kroger was his largest customer. It was always his dream – as the son of two small business owners – to do his own entrepreneurial thing, so he got started on what would become Sonder in 2014.

Chase Legler is Sonder's director of brewing operations. He was previously lead brewer for Wisconsin-based New Glarus Brewing, the 16th-largest craft brewery in the U.S., which has been around since 1993. He's joined by head brewer Luke Shropshire, formerly of Columbia Tusculum craft brewery Streetside. Neff said the two brewers' styles complement each other.

"Chase has 14 years of commercial brewing experience – bringing him on was a game-changer – and Luke has a passion for sour beers and some of the up-and-coming funky styles," he said.

Sonder will have the capacity to brew 6,000 barrels annually and will start with keg distribution to Mason initially before expanding to Cincinnati. It will have a full kitchen to serve to the taproom.

Sonder Brewing hosts grand opening on Saturday in Deerfield Township

Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati EnquirerPublished 10:10 a.m. ET Oct. 25, 2018

Deerfield Township and Sonder Brewing are celebrating the brewery's grand opening on Saturday at 10 a.m.

A ribbon cutting for the event will be held shortly before opening, at 9:30 a.m.

“We are very excited to see Sonder open for business,” Deerfield Township Economic Development Director Jim Flick said. “The craft brewery industry has been thriving over the years and Sonder will put Deerfield on the map as a destination for people throughout the region.”

The Sonder Brewing facility is located at 8584 Duke Boulevard.

The $6.5 million, 15,200 square-foot building will hold a 30-barrel brewhouse. It has a 2,000 square-foot taproom, a spacious bar area, an outdoor patio area and a large family-friendly lawn area.

BrewRiver Gastropub will even offer food.

“We would have never gotten to this point with countless hours of effort and hard work by this amazing team,” Sonder's President Justin Neff said. “We can’t wait to share our beers and beautiful facility with the public and we hope the Sonder story becomes part of the unique story of our community.”

In a previous interview with The Enquirer, the founding team of Jennifer Meissner, Justin Neff and Daniel Schmerr said they envision a place both where corporate employees will spend their happy hours and where families and friends will gather and linger.

The brewery will remain open on Saturday until midnight.

Normal operating hours are Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 a.m.


Here’s what Sonder Brewing will have on tap at its Oct. 27 grand opening

By Rick Armon
Beacon Journal/Ohio.com 

Sonder Brewing Co. is gearing up for its grand opening Oct. 27.

The new Mason brewery will have on seven beers and a cider on tap to welcome the first customers. Here’s the initial rundown:

• Belgian Wit, 5.4 percent

• Kölsch, 4.8 percent

• Kölsch with coffee, 4.8 percent

• Pale Ale, 5.3 percent

• IPA, 6.2 percent

• New England IPA, 6.6 percent

• Tiramisu Stout, 8.1 percent

• Cherry Apple Cider, 5.7 percent

Co-founder Justin Neff is particularly fond of the Tiramisu Stout, which is made with coffee and vanilla.

“It just really came together beautifully,” he said. “I have no other word for it other than special. We think it’s a beer that people will get excited that we are tapping.”

Other beers — made by brewers Chase Legler and Luke Shropshire on the 30-barrel Quality Tank Solutions brewing system — will follow. Legler, who came from New Glarus Brewing in Wisconsin, designed the three-vessel system.

Neff said Legler and Shropshire, who formerly brewed at Mt. Carmel and Streetside, form a great partnership because of Legler’s experience and Shropshire’s passion for “crazy and sour beers.”

“Their partnership has people excited about our beers and rightfully so,” Neff said.

The Sonder team is excited to open the doors to the 16,000-square-foot brick and glass brewery, which sits on 6.5 acres along Duke Boulevard near Kings Island. The brewery features a large outdoor patio and outdoor space, with bocce ball and cornhole.

Sonder also will have a full kitchen, with the food service run by a separate entity. The brewery wasn’t prepared to announce the food partnership just yet.

“We have done a lot of different things to our facility to make it a place that people feel they can hang out and be there all day long even if they aren’t drinking beer,” Neff said.

New brewery set to open in Mason

By Maytal Levi | September 20, 2018 at 3:02 PM EDT - Updated September 20 at 6:13 PM

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The largest start-up brewing company between Dayton and Cincinnati is set to open in late October.

Sonder Brewing sits on 6.5 acres of land and is in the 8000 block of Duke Boulevard.

The taproom will include brews crafted on site, offering a selection of up to sixteen different kinds of ale when all is said and done.

Sonder Brewing President Justin Neff and his partners gave FOX19 an exclusive tour of the industrial sized building that will eventually include a beer garden, kitchen, and outdoor entertainment area.

“What our space allows us to do is have bocce ball courts, a whiffle ball field, corn hole and potentially sand volleyball,” said Neff.

The group also plans to add soft-serve ice cream and sometimes play movies outdoors through a projection screen.

“One of the things that sets us apart is we hope to be a place that people come and hang out even if they don’t like beer," said Neff.

The bricks behind the taps were laid by Neff and his crew. He jokes it took three weeks and “lots of trial and error. None of has had laid brick before.” Sonder Brewing will eventually bring around 50 jobs to the area when operations are at full capacity.

“Which is really cool because there’s 18,000 corporate employees that work within three miles of here,” said Neff.

Sonder Brewing Company Director of Brewing Operations, Chase Legler, says he loves everything about beer. “I love the different sides to it. There’s a lot of chemistry, you can be artistic, and there’s some alchemy to it.”

The brewery includes an isolated room meant only for specialty beers like sours where yeast and bacteria will be kept separate. “That way it’s not going to contaminate our traditional style beers,” explained Legler. There’s also a lab on site in addition to a large room where the brewing takes place. “We could get a beer done in four days for like a hazier ale. For me, the traditional lager is at least like 30 days,” said Legler, whose favorite beer is a lager.

So, why the name Sonder?

“We found in a nutshell that the word basically means every person has a story and we fell in love with that and decided to build our entire brewery off of that,” said Neff.

Pending inspections, the brewery is set to open in late October.

Sonder Brewing will offer more than just craft beer in Mason

By Brian Mains, WCPO

MASON — 

When Sonder Brewing opens this October in Warren County, its founders promise visitors will find more than just good craft beer on tap.

The brewery will also offer a fenced-in lawn with an over-sized beer garden that is adjacent to bocce ball courts, cornhole, volleyball and fire pit areas on 6.5 acres of land at 8584 Duke Blvd. in Mason, near Kings Island.

“It’s been exciting, that’s for sure,” said Justin Neff, one of Sonder’s three co-founders. “It’s been really cool to watch. We’ve all dreamed of owning our own business or brewery for years, and it’s fun to see those various dreams come to fruition.”

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Neff, along with partners Daniel Schmerr and Jennifer Meissner, announced plans to build Sonder’s 16,000-square-foot indoor brewery and taproom and its outdoor facilities from the ground up in March 2017.

Crews are currently putting the final touches on Sonder. Once that work is complete, head brewer Luke Shropshire and equity partner Chase Legler, a former lead brewer at New Glarus Brewing in Wisconsin, will start brewing Sonder’s initial lineup of craft beers.

Shropshire began his brewing career at Mount Carmel Brewing. He left Streetside Brewing in July to start his current role.

The co-founders decided to call their brewery Sonder because of the word’s unique but obscure meaning: “The profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passed in the street, has a life as complex as one’s own, which they are constantly living despite one’s personal lack of awareness of it.”

“It basically means that everyone has a story; every beer has a story to tell,” Meissner said. “It’s just a word that we really liked.”

Legler and Shropshire said neither of them plans to focus on a specific style of beer, though they both hope to introduce particular styles each is passionate about.

“I think it would be really great to hit on some of those traditional German styles,” Legler said.

“My overall passion is for sour beers,” said Shropshire, who began Streetside’s sour program.

The brewery will open with a fully automated 30-barrel brewhouse from Quality Tank Solutions. Legler said the American-made brew system will allow for a flexibility in the styles of beer Sonder brews.

“Because this brewhouse is fully automated we have written programs that will maintain consistent quality while letting us grow quickly,” Legler said.

When Sonder opens it will feature six to seven beers on tap. Those beers will likely include a traditional German lager, New England IPA, IPA, session Kolsh and Belgium Wit. The taproom will also serve wine and spirits for those who may not enjoy craft beer.

Sonder will also open with a full-service kitchen, which will include a pickup window in the beer garden.

Neff said his partners are also ready to keg beer and distribute locally two to three months after they open. They also built out a space to install a future canning line.

“We really want to focus on here (the taproom) first though,” Neff said.

The owners plan to add a second story patio and private event space in what Neff called phase two of their business model.

“Everyone will feel welcome,” Neff said. “It’s definitely been a learning experience just getting here.”