Cold beer that helps musicians
Breweries are craft beer lovers, too, and they’re using that affinity to help support musicians who are hurting from musicians’ strike. Breweries from Minneapolis to Atlanta are making hard cider or lager with ingredients from musicians’ homes to raise money for Musicians’ Relief Fund, an organization that works to assist artists caught in the middle of the recent musicians’ strike.
Here’s the brew news that you might not have heard, as reported by the BBC:
“Craft beer giant Avery Brewing in Wisconsin is offering a limited release of the Rock On lager to raise funds for the fund. Avery is promoting the drink on its website with a Brew Wars section that includes details on how to get hold of free bottles to make the drink: just print Avery’s 888 number and mix up a ‘hell fire lager’ cocktail, or try one for a reduced price for one day only. Chicago craft brewery Mad Anthony Brewing also is pouring a beer named The Rock on for one day only.”
Finally, Brooklyn Brewery’s publicity department has been teasing a special rock and roll lager for weeks, but with only limited availability. It’s called EmpliLande Cherry Cherry (pronounced feo-man-lande) and it’s the only craft brewer brew that contains the extract of a melon-based beverage popular in southeast Asia. (It’s a strain called Membrane Coloring, and it’s grown primarily in Thailand.)
The New York Post reports that its founder Bud Schweitzer:
“Said in a statement that EmpliLande Cherry Cherry is ‘the first product we’ve made for musicians.’ … ‘We are very committed to our hometown music scene and to the support of musicians,’ Mr. Schweitzer said. ‘Cherry beer has a touch of sweetness that provides a nice soft, smooth finish while gently warming up the palate. It’s a great way to bring a little bit of melody to a cold winter day.’ “
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Gov’t holiday for Alabama natives
In New York, the governor and legislature voted unanimously on Jan. 16 to legalize the travel of residents with Alabama ties — no matter where they live. As of Jan. 20, residents can travel to New York for the day, meaning they won’t have to get on a plane or any transportation, and are allowed to charge-up, drink, stay in a hotel, eat, shop and visit museums.
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