NC breweries come together to create an anti-House Bill 2 beer

Whether it’s PayPal, Facebook or Bruce Springsteen, House Bill 2 has no shortage of critics from outside our state. 

Many business owners in North Carolina have expressed their displeasure with the new legislation as well. 

Now, two breweries are doing their part to speak out against what they consider to be an unfair and discriminatory law.

Mystery Brewing Co. of Hillsborough and Ponysaurus Brewing Co. of Durham will brew a beer called “Don’t Be Mean to People: A Golden Rule Saison,” with 100 percent of the profit from the beer going to two charities: EqualityNC and QORDS.

The two brewers also started an online fundraising campaign at, which surpassed its initial goal of $1,500 in just a few hours. By donating to the campaign, you can receive rewards like a four-pack of the beer, T-shirts, brewery swag, brewery tours and more.

You can even brew a beer with Erik Lars Myers or Keil Jansen, founders of Mystery Brewing and Ponysaurus Brewing, respectively. With the initial goal met, more stretch goals will be added in the days to come. 

Golden Rule Saison

In addition to the donations, Myers and Jansen have also seen an outpouring of support from more than 30 breweries and other beer-focused businesses across North Carolina. Here in the Charlotte area, that includes Birdsong Brewing, D9 Brewing, Free Range Brewing, Rivermen Brewing, Sugar Creek Brewing and Wooden Robot Brewery.

The beer will be brewed this Saturday, April 16, and will include barley, wheat and sorghum from North Carolina. It will be available to purchase next month, and should be available at many of the Charlotte breweries that have signed on in support of the project.

While it’s the first beer brewed in response to HB2, several of North Carolina’s breweries have expressed their displeasure with the law. Sean Lilly Wilson, founder of Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, took to Facebook to announce his wish to withdraw his brewery from any of the state government’s promotional programs.

Free Range Brewing and Salud Beer Shop, among others, posted in support of the LGBTQ community. 

Fullsteam Letter