Black is Beautiful, an Imperial stout with 10% ABV and flavors of dark chocolate and fudge. This week on Beer Notes, we are discussing this collaborative brewing effort to draw attention to social justice by breweries across the country.
Previously on Beer Notes, we discussed the All Together IPA, the first collaboration to raise money for those in the tourism industry hurt by the COVID closures. All Together was the brainchild of Other Half Brewing in New York.
Now, the originator of the Black is Beautiful Stout collaboration is the Weathered Souls Brewing Company in San Antonio, Texas. This is an African American owned brewery and co-founder Marcus Baskerville wants a portion of the proceeds from every brewery’s production of Black is Beautiful to go to social justice organizations.
According to the BlackisBeautiful.beer website,* “The Black is Beautiful Initiative is to bring a collaborative effort amongst the brewing community and its customers, in an attempt to bring awareness to the injustices that many people of color face daily. Our mission is to bridge the gap around for ages and provide a platform to show that the brewing community is an inclusive place for everyone of any color. We are asking for all breweries and brewers far and wide to raise a glass with us in unison and participate in this collaboration.”
The recipe is online. The labels are online to download. The roadmap for breweries is clear: brew this stout, show the world that you care, and make some great beer for your friends and your region that can make a difference.
The Other Half Brewing Company is one of the breweries already signed on.
Look for Black is Beautiful near you starting in July. **