Your state has passed a law that brings unpleasant attention from the world? Don’t just sit there: Brew something about it.
“We wanted to do something in response, and making beer is what we do,” says Erik Lars Myers of Mystery Brewing Company in Hillsborough.
Myers announced a beer project Monday to register a protest over HB2, the new anti-LGBT rights law in North Carolina. In collaboration with Ponysaurus Brewing Company in Durham, the beer will be called “Don’t Be Mean to People, a Golden Rule Saison.” All the profits will be given to two N.C.-based charities, EqualityNC and QORDS, a summer camp program for LGBT youth.
The beer will be a farmhouse-style sale made with N.C. grown and malted grain and N.C. sorghum molasses. More than 30 breweries and beer-industry businesses have pledged support, labor or ingredients. They’ll brew on Saturday and it will be available in May.
The brewers also have launched a fundraising campaign, Golden Rule, at generosity.com. You can reserve beer, buy T-shirts and get other things to show support, including special tours.
The beer is expected to be available at all the breweries involved, including a half-dozen in Charlotte, including D9, Sugar Creek, Birdsong, Free Range and Wooden Robot.
“We just wanted to give people a good excuse to get involved in a new way,” Myers says.
Golden Rule isn’t the only N.C. beer-related protest over HB2. Last week, brewer Sean Lilly Wilson of Fullsteam Brewery in Durham announced that his brewery would withdraw from all state marketing programs in protest over HB2.