San Antonio based, and minority co-owned brewery Weathered Souls recently initiated a collaborative movement for the brewing community to brew their Black is Beautiful Stout recipe. This effort is to raise awareness for the injustices people of color face daily and raise funds for police brutality reform and legal defenses for those who have been wronged. The recipe is part of a recent altruistic trend within the brewing industry called “open source recipes" which means those recipes are freely available to anyone who wants them (commercial as well as home brewers). The recipes come with the intention that a portion of the proceeds will go to a specific good cause.
Recent open source brews have benefited victims of the California wild fires as well as the hospitality industry during COVID.
Some of the bigger names that have signed on to brewing this recipe include Trillium, Other Half, and Bart.
I’m supportive and plan to be on the lookout to purchase Black is Beautiful Stout in craft beer emporiums and I encourage you to do the same: blackisbeautiful.beer.
I’m curious to see how the restart goes with bars and restaurants – balancing getting back into business and safety. I’m (selfishly) optimistic as well as curious about how the safety aspects will coexist with fun vibes.
Connecticut is ahead of us in New York and I saw that Two Roads Brewery in Stratford, Conn., has been open for outside hangs / consumption in their “Hop Yard” Friday through Sunday. From the looks of it, there were proper and specific distancing rules that still allowed for fun quaffing.…. See tworoadsbrewing.com for details.
New York is up next and I’m super excited to hit The Whitlock outdoor patio for dinner and libations which will be open Wednesday – Sunday 4-9 p.m. and by reservation only.
Additionally, as much as I enjoy inserting poignant quotes and verbiage in my column and subtly (or not) relating them to beer,
I’m also keen to get back to visiting and reviewing local breweries on your behalf. I vow to personally keep an eye on Industrial Arts, Captain Lawrence, and all other such establishment’s phased opening schedules and report back in future columns.
Beers to Ring in The Next Phase With
Here are some beers I’ve had recently that you may also enjoy.
Grimm Artisanal Ales – Lumen: This very well-regarded Brooklyn brewery’s 6.4% “American” IPA typifies the style and not in a xenophobic way - in the less hop forward, more mellow way. For more of a kick, try Grimm Swan Door 8% ABV Double IPA (DIPA) with pleasant berry notes.
The Alchemist Schtupulator: While kibitzing outside with some friends (in a socially distanced way of course) another friend bestowed this crown jewel of a beer on me. From the folks at this Mecca like brewery in Stowe, VT that’s better known for their DIPA standard bearing Heady Topper and Focal Banger. It’s high time they be recognized for this Doppelbock gem. Though my mind wanders a bit about the name and there should be an umlaut over the “u” in the name but I couldn’t figure out how to do that so just picture it there. A lovely and balanced malty caramel taste backed up by 8% ABV is just what the virtual visit doctor ordered. Awesome.
Grey Sale Brewing of RI S’mooring: I’ve been jonesing for a sweet stout lately and this 7.5% abv literally presents a cinnamon graham cracker dark chocolate profile that satisfies, no campfire required.
Stone Brewery - ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA: In another AoBK (act of Beer Kindness) this hoppy-juicy-hazy libation appeared in our mailbox on the day of my birthday last month. As they say, “You’re judged by the company you keep” – judge away! At 8.5% abv it was stronger than the light lo-cal beers I’ve been putting into the rotation (recall the anti-Rotund-ness approach I wrote about a few articles ago) but was quite worth it. It even hinted at some pepper in the taste profile, in a good way. As for the name, I started reading about it on the can but couldn’t figure it out… perhaps the 8.5% abv at work.
Bluepoint Brewery Juicy Bastard IPA: As I’ve mentioned, I have an affinity to this Brewery and local region for a number of reasons and A++ family members in that area, but also including the quality of Blue Point Brewery products. Despite including a word in the name that you may not want your kids repeating (but why are your kids reading your beer?!), this juicy hazy 8% abv delivers herbal aroma paired with tropical flavors (pineapple in particular) that I bet you’ll enjoy as much as I did.
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