In a effort to combat HB 2, a law which removed protections for LGBTQ citizens, over 30 North Carolina breweries have teamed up to create a special beer.
The law, which also forces transgender individuals to use the wrong restroom, has caused an uproar and led to many corporations and businesses, film companies and musicians to speak out against it. Paypal pulled out plans for their new office center in Charlotte earlier this month, which would have added 400 jobs to the state.
According to News & Observer, over 30 breweries from across the state collaborated on a beer called “Don’t Be Mean to People-A Golden Rule Saison.” The beer will be released in May and all profits will go to Equality NC, a statewide organization dedicated to securing equality and justice for LGBT people and QORDS , a summer camp for LGBT youth.
The saison will be brewed Saturday, April 16th, at Ponysauraus Brewing Company in Durham with ingredients and support provided by all of the breweries. “Don’t Be Mean to People-A Golden Rule Saison” is a farmhouse ale made with North Carolina grown and malted grain and North Carolina sorghum molasses.
On a site that was set up for donations to the anti-HB 2 beer project, Erik Lars Myers, Founder/Head Brewer of Mystery Brewing Company said that he and Keil Jansen, Owner/Brewmaster of Ponysaurus Brewing Company wanted to do something that would send a message of how they felt about the controversial law.
“We didn’t feel like the law that was passed represented us as constituents, entrepreneurs, or business owners,” Myers said. “We wanted to do something in response.”