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Golden Rule beer is a protest over HB2

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.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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