A few weeks ago, a group of beer industry operatives met to discuss ways to support civil rights and democratic values. I wasn't at that meeting. But these amazing folks just announced that their initial fundraising event will happen on President's Day, Feb. 20.
Participating beer bars include Bailey's Taproom, Bazi Bierbrasserie, Beer Mongers, Belmont Station, The Imperial Bottleshop, Lombard House, Roscoe's, Saraveza, The Thirsty Sasquatch, The Upper Lip, Tin Bucket and Uptown Market. Virtually every corner of the city is covered.
The way it works is simple. Every time patrons buy a beer that's been donated by a long list of breweries and cideries, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the ACLU. Yep. These folks aren't kidding around. They're all in.
Folks who have donated kegs: Baerlic, Base Camp, Bull Run Cider, Burnside, Cider Riot!, Coalition, The Commons, Crooked Fence, Culmination, Double Mountain, Heater Allen, Machine House, Matchless, Montavilla, New Belgium, Ninkasi, Pfriem, Ruse, Three Magnets, Uptown Market and Vertigo. Lots of good stuff!
A little more on Beer Party PDX. It is comprised of local bar and brewery owners, brewers, business consultants and writers. As a collective, they see the need to help defend attacks on freedom of speech, the environment, voting rights, etc., things under attack in the Trump era.
Group membership isn't limited to folks from the beer community. If you have complementary values and want to get involved, visit the group Facebook page or send them an email at email@example.com.
I'll be supporting the launch party at my local pub on Monday. I hope the event will be well-attended across the city. Look for future events on the group Facebook page and in places like this.