Pride is the civil rights movement of our generation. Fifty-two years ago this summer, New York City bar patrons of many genders, sexualities, and racial identities trapped a group of police officers inside the Stonewall Inn after they shut down the bar in yet another routine raid. Riots continued the following two nights as the LGBTQ community spread word that something unique was happening in Greenwich Village. But whatever happened that night lit a spark that lasted for several days and propelled America’s gay rights — the Gay Liberation Movement – forward. Every June, Pride month, we celebrate their uprising with Pride parades, rallies, parties, dances, art, and more. It’s the time when lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, queer, and questioning folk celebrate their heritage, continue, and intensify their ongoing struggle for equal civil rights and look forward to a brighter future. Today, Peaks and Pints highlights breweries that brewed beers in the name of Pride via a to-go beer flight we call Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Pride Beer Flight.
Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Pride Beer Flight
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.
Block 15 Brewing’s Pride Month pale ale Give Them Their Flowers has a soft, floral aroma that gives way to juicy notes of melon and tangerine. It’s refreshing, practically thirst quenching, as well as light on bitterness. Peaks & Pints has Give Them Their Flowers on draft for pints and crowlers.
Stoup Rainbow Bubbles
Stoup Brewing raises a glass of Rainbow Bubbles IPA to equality, compassion, and the incredible gift of loving people for who they are. Their second IPA in their Pride month series, Rainbow Bubbles is brewed with Hallertau Blanc and HBC 630 for aromas of gooseberry, white grape, and tropical fruit with a soft malt bill soft of wheat and pilsner malt. This hazy IPA is moderately dry and extremely crushable. Disclaimer: the bubbles are NOT rainbow colored. That’s impossible, silly.
Aslan B Proud
Back for its third year in a row, Aslan Brewing’s Pride hazy IPA, B Proud, is brewed with Cascade and El Dorado hops for an aromatic punch of fruit stripe gum and guava, followed by flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, and sweet orange. With a large portion of wheat in the mash, this IPA is smooth with a Piña Colada vibe. Proceeds from B Proud will go to Northwest Youth Services and their Queer Youth Project, which is dedicated to supporting and advocating for at-risk and homeless LCBTQ+ youth through school-based youth supports, the Trans Fashion Treasury, free counseling, and more.
Single Hill Tomorrow Is Today
Single Hill Brewing will donate proceeds from their Tomorrow Is Today Bold IPA to nonprofit organizations supporting LGBTQ members of the Yakima community. This IPA showcases Loral, Mosaic, and Ekuanot hops, lending it a bright aroma of mango, cantaloupe, and strawberries.
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