Sunday, June 2nd, 2024

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Proctor Pride Rainbows


Launched last June, Proctor Pride has humble beginnings with a small “Happy Pride” display at the end of Mason path at North 27th and Mason Street. Fifty Pride flags and assorted rainbow pins were offered free of charge to help brighten people’s days and show everyone is welcome in Proctor.  The response was overwhelming. The proposed monthlong supply of Pride gifts ran out in less than two days. A restock brought more than 300 flags and 250 pins to the neighborhood. Proctor Pride 2024 has bigger goals with more neighborhood Pride support, more rainbows, and a commitment to support The Trevor Project, a leading suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. “Together, we can help Trevor provide lifesaving and life-affirming resources to LGBTQ young people and communities,” states Proctor Pride co-founder Scott Adametz. Proctor Pride’s mission is to, “foster a diverse and inclusive community where everyone can authentically express their identities without fear or prejudice. Through advocacy, education, and support, we strive to uplift and empower LGBTQ+ individuals, their families, and allies, creating a safe and affirming environment that celebrates the rich tapestry of human diversity. Together, we work towards building a community where pride is not just celebrated but embraced as a fundamental human right,” says Adametz.” Today, Peaks and Pints highlights breweries that brewed beers in the name of Pride and/or rainbows via an in-house beer flight we call Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Proctor Pride Rainbows.

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Proctor Pride Rainbows

Montucky Cold Snacks

4% ABV

Montucky Cold Snacks is a canned premium lager, specifically geared toward light beer consumers in Montana. As opposed to the status quo of microbreweries in the state that focus on refinement and sophistication in beer, Montucky Cold Snacks aims to differentiate itself by focusing on and appealing to customers through crisp cold refreshment, pricing, and the celebration of Montana culture — and gay rights. You see, Montucky’s blue can featuring a white pony galloping across a sunset caught some eyes and people began mentioning how the pony resembles a unicorn, and the sunset resembles a rainbow. People asked Montucky founders Jeremy Gregory and Chad Zeitner to redesign the can for Pride month a unicorn and rainbow. They did, and then some: 8 percent of profits go to LGBTQ organizations from the sale of these cans.

Gigantic Sassy Pony

5.5% ABV

Self-described as “frisky and hop forward”, Gigantic Brewing‘s Sassy Pony is hazy liquid gold in a glass. The vibrant caricature label is a riot of rainbow colors and ponies that pops the bottle right off the shelf. With a rocky pour, the nose is lively and energetic with scents of citrus oils and hops but doesn’t assault you with the typical funk of an over-hopped pale ale. The flavor has an upfront mildness of classic Citra and Cascade hops, but unfolds with layers of faint tropical fruits, fresh cut grass, and even a slight farmhouse ale hay finish.

Future Primitive Queer Beer IPA

6% ABV

For the fourth year, Future Primitive Brewing has brewed Queer Beer IPA in support of White Center Pride and to foster diversity and inclusion in the White Center neighborhood. It’s a hazy IPA with a bready and grainy malt, and light sweet floral nose, followed by more floral, subtle herbal, orange and tangerine flavors.

Matchless Rainbow Jetplane

6.5% ABV

In 1978, Gilbert Baker, an openly gay man, designed the first rainbow flag to represent the gay community at the request of San Francisco-based politician Harvey Milk, the first openly gay official elected to office. “As a community, both local and international, gay people were in the midst of an upheaval, a battle for equal rights, a shift in status where we were now demanding power, taking it,” said Baker. “This was our new revolution — a tribal, individualistic, and collective vision. It deserved a new symbol.” Matchless Brewing just released their annual rainbow flag, Rainbow Jetplane IPA. Brewed with Triumph, Nelson Sauvin, El Dorado, and Motueka hops, this jet plane is ready to take you to the land of tropical juicy flavor.

Seapine Rainbow Suspenders

8.7% ABV

Seapine Brewing owner/brewmaster Drew Colpitts studied brewing sciences at University of California Davis and spent time working for Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, among other breweries, before opening Seapine Brewing in 2012. The Seattle Georgetown neighborhood brewery straps on Rainbow Suspenders double IPA with tons of Mosaic and Azacca hops, which means notes of orange, lemon, pineapple, pine, lemongrass and herbal dankness, along with a touch of pithy bitterness.

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