By Amber Smith
You might have heard about this little thing that’s happening called the marriage equality postal plebiscite. To paraphrase Ron Burgundy, it’s kind of a big deal.
Thousands of Australians have pledged their support to the cause and it’s going to take a lot of momentum and a lot of voices to create this well overdue change. While those with close gay friends or family members will no doubt be voting “yes” (other than Tony Abbott, obvs), Aussies from all walks of life are lending their support to the YES campaign.
And it’s not just everyday people who are throwing their support behind the movement. Many brands have used their platform to show their support in a variety of ways, which is great! After all, the more voices, the better!
Many craft brewers have lent their support by donating funds, holding events, or just being vocal advocates for the YES campaign. And what better way to advocate for change than sitting down to discuss important, life-altering stuff over a good beer?
So, combining two of my absolute favourite things — equality and beer — and in the spirit of both, let’s shine a light on four craft brewers committed to flavour and acceptance for all.
The Good Beer Company (QLD)
The Good Beer Co works with good causes, good organisations, good brewers and good beer drinkers in Australia and in the UK. As a social enterprise beer company, it keeps costs at a minimum to maximise benefits for good causes, with at least 50% of profits going to charity partners.
On Wednesday, the Good Beer Co launched their latest beer, called Love², to support the YES campaign and the Australian Marriage Equality campaign in the postal vote that is currently underway.
The Good Beer Co is working with contract brewery partner, Bright Brewery, to brew a mid-strength session pale ale in kegs and bottles.
Love² beer is a specially brewed, new world-style 4.4% ABV session Pale Ale, an easy-drinking and refreshing blend of sweet pale malt and citrus hops made with all Australian ingredients.
“There are lots of ways to show your support for marriage equality,” says James Grugeon, founder of The Good Beer Co. “The most important way of course is to vote YES. But as we’re a beer company with a social conscience, we reckon the second best way is to have a Love² beer.
“We want people to drink responsibly and we also want them to vote responsibly. We hope that once Australia votes to support marriage equality, there’ll be plenty of newlyweds washing down their marriage vows with a Love² beer.”
Peter Black from the Australian Marriage Equality campaign said: “The name says it all – Love squared. We’re stoked that The Good Beer Co and Bright Brewery have got behind a YES vote with this awesome beer!”
More than 30 groups, including brewers, pubs, bars, venues and craft beer media, are also getting behind the beer, with Brisbane breweries Aether and Newstead, the Beer InCider and Brewvegas festivals, Melbourne breweries Two Birds and Wolf of the Willows, Wayward Brewing and Young Henrys in Sydney all lending their support.
Scott Brandon from Bright Brewery says: “Appropriately, Love² is a refreshing pale ale with a little bit of sweet malts that make this beer very easy to love. We love brewing it, we love drinking it, and we love sharing it with everyone, no matter what their preferences. We’re very proud to be brewing it for The Good Beer Co and adding our support to this important campaign for equality.”
Love² beer was launched this week at Collective Kitchen & Bar in Brisbane, with launches to come around the country at 18 supporting venues in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth on October 14-15.
The profits from Love² beer will go to the Australian Marriage Equality Campaign to support its work to bring about a YES vote in the postal survey and, ongoing, support the cause of equality for LGBTI communities across Australia.
Aside from selling the beer in pubs, bars and venues across all capital cities in Australia The Good Beer Co will also be asking several thousand people/couples to sign up to pre-order the beer for their wedding. Doing good has never tasted better!
For more information about Love² and to pre-order kegs or cartons go to: www.thegoodbeerco.com.au/love
Stomping Ground Brewing Co
PRIDElweiss Australian Wheat Ale
PRIDElweiss was originally a Belgian-style Witbier brewed with peaches, created to support the Midsumma Festival’s new MidSumma Futures mentoring program for emerging artists from the LGBTQI+ community.
Stomping Ground co-owner Steve Jeffares says they will be re-releasing the popular PRIDElweiss in January 2018. “We’re really proud to support a range of initiatives that enhances Melbourne’s rich culture and diversity and Midsumma Futures is doing just that. We also want to show our support for the ‘Yes’ campaign because we passionately believe that equality for all in our community matters”, said Jeffares.
This time around, PRIDElweiss will be an easy-drinking Australian Wheat Ale, available on tap and in cans at supporting venues around inner Melbourne and, as Midsumma Futures is expanding into Sydney, PRIDElweiss will also be available in select Sydney venues as well.
Stomping Ground donated 50c from every pot sold at this year’s Midsumma, raising $8000 for the cause, and will continue to ramp up their support for the equality campaign as they prepare to can the brew for the first time this year.
Rainbow is a small collective dedicated to brewing delicious craft beer, and Rainbow Beer has been available on tap in Brisbane’s West End since 2011.
Rainbow Beer is a crisp, German-style pilsner that was brewed with a commitment to make good beer and do good things. Rainbow Beer has raised $5000 for initiatives run by Australian Marriage Equality.
Earlier in the year, Rainbow Beer ran a Pozible campaign to raise money to enable large-scale production of the brew but unfortunately fell shy of their 100K target. However, while Rainbow Beer might not have been able to get their beer in cans, they certainly got some great conversations started. Rainbow continues to support the Marriage Equality cause in Brisbane by running fundraising events at various venues. If you’re a Brisbane local you can find events near you on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DrinkRainbow.
Sparkke Change Beverage Co
“Say I Do” White Wine + Bubbles
Not a beer but still delicious, the “Say I Do” White Wine + Bubbles is one of the latest releases from this social activist-brewing company Sparkke. This new bevvy comes in cans of delicious equality sparkling wine. Made with a blend of McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills fruit, the bubbly has a full, fruit-driven taste with a dry finish and lemon sherbet acidity.
Sparkke is donating 10% of all direct sales to The Equality Campaign which lobbies for equal marriage rights for all Australians.
Cheers to that!