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Ultimate 6er | Beers to Celebrate Pride Month

Ultimate 6er | Beers to Celebrate Pride Month
Kindsey Bernhard

June is Pride Month and we are highlighting six beers you need to try this month! Before we get to the beers, here are six facts you should know about Pride Month:

  1. Pride Month is celebrated in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan.
  2. The first Pride march in New York City was held on June 28, 1970, the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
  3. Only two Presidents have officially declared June as Pride Month; President Clinton in 1999 and President Obama in 2009.
  4. Members of the LGBTQ can get married and legally adopt children in all 50 states.
  5. The flag, which debuted in San Francisco, had eight colors (sexuality symbolized by hot pink, life by red, healing by orange, the Sun by yellow, nature by green, art by blue, harmony by indigo, and spirit by violet). The flag was designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker. The following year a six-color flag appeared (with red, orange, yellow, green, blue [harmony replaced art as symbolized by blue in the flag], and purple) because of the unavailability of some of the fabric colors.
  6. Before it was called Pride, events and marches were referred to as “Gay Liberation” or “Gay Freedom”

Braxton Brewing Co. | PRIDE Watermelon Wheat

Braxton Brewing is bringing back their PRIDE Watermelon Wheat. The Northern Kentucky brewery is releasing this beer to kick off NKY Pride Weekend on Thursday, June 3. Braxton is partnering with NKY Pride Center, a non-profit organization that aims to advance LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion efforts in the region by meeting the needs for community-based services and programs for LGBTQ+ Northern Kentuckians. The rooftop event will feature a special Pride Drag Show from the NKY Pride Center and Pride Shirts will be given out to the first 75 people. Braxton is donated $1 from every pint and $1 from every 4-pack to the NKY Pride Center.

Marz Community Brewing Co. | Gay IPA

Marz Community Brewing’s Gay IPA is a Double Dry Hopped Hazy IPA with lactose brewed for Pride Month. Marz will donate proceeds from Gay IPA to Howard Brown Latinx Community and Brave Space Alliance. Howard Brown Latinx Community is a confidential space for the Latinx LGBTQ community open to people of any gender identity. Brave Space Alliance, the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago. BSA is designed to create and provide affirming and culturally competent services for the entire LGBTQ+ community of Chicago. Gay IPA is brewed with Strata, El Dorado and Citra hops.

Bell’s Brewery | Sparkleberry

Bell’s Sparkleberry is a Belgian-Style Tripel Ale with raspberries and is brewed each year to kick off Kalamazoo’s Pride. Sparkleberry was first brewed in 2013 and that year went on to win a Bronze Medal at the Great American Beer Festival.

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The Virginia Beer Co. | Friends of Dorothy

The Virginia Beer Company celebrates Pride all year long with their Friends of Dorothy IPA. This beer is brewed multiple times throughout the year. Friends of Dorothy is on its third go-around and was dry-hopped with Citra and El Dorado hops.


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West Sixth Brewing | Pride Y’all

West Sixth Brewing is re-releasing their Pride Month beer, Pride Y’all, a Raspberry Sour Ale with lemon, vanilla and lactose. The Kentucky brewery first brewed Pride Y’all in 2019 and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it took a year hiatus. Despite all Pride festivities being postponed until the fall in Kentucky, West Sixth is excited to bring this beer back for Pride Month.

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Athletic Brewing Co. | Rainbow Wall

For all non-alcoholic beer drinkers, Athletic Brewing has you covered this Pride Month. Rainbow Wall is a Blood Orange Non-Alcoholic IPA that contains less than 0.5% ABV. Rainbow Wall is named after a well-known mountain face at Red Rocks in Nevada. Athletic Brewing collaborated with Alex Johnson, a professional and competitive climber for his beer release. Athletic is donating all net profits to the Athlete Ally organization. Athlete Ally is a non-profit whose mission is to end the rampant homophobia and transphobia in sport and to activate the athletic community to exercise their leadership to champion LGBTQI+ equality.

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Happy Pride Month!

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