Friday, June 5, 2020

Weathered Souls recruiting brewers for Black is Beautiful campaign

Image credit: Weathered Souls Brewing Co./KD Designs.

Weathered Souls Brewing Co. of San Antonio is asking breweries worldwide to raise a glass in unison by participating in a collaborative effort meant to "raise awareness for injustices people of color face daily."

Over 970 breweries have joined the Black is Beautiful initiative, each pledging a commitment to the long-term work of equality, while also donating 100% of proceeds from sales of a collaboration beer to organizations in their own communities supporting police brutality reform and legal defense funds for those who have been wronged.

As for the beer, Weathered Souls is providing the base recipe for an imperial stout, this type of beer chosen "to showcase the different shades of black." Participating breweries are encouraged to put their own spin on the beer, as well as the label art, which has space left over for breweries to add their logo. Labels for the project have been created by KD Designs, with The Creative Mango offering discounts to all who use their services for printing.

A list of North Texas breweries involved in the project follows, along with notations of chosen beneficiaries where available (many are still working out details, so updates will follow).

Armadillo Ale Works, Denton
  • Beneficiary: The Innocence Project, an organization that works to exonerate the wrongly-convicted through DNA testing, and to bring reform to the justice system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.
  • Recipe spin: Vanilla beans.
  • Availability: Late June.
False Idol Brewing, North Richland Hills
  • Beneficiary: Mothers Against Police Brutality, a multi-racial coalition fighting for civil rights, police accountability and policy reform.
  • Recipe spin: Maple and marshmallows.
  • Availability: Early July.
  • Beneficiary: Big Thought, a group equipping youth in marginalized communities with the skills and tools they need to imagine and create their best lives and a better world.
  • Availability: Mid-June.
  • Beneficiary: Tarrant County Community Bail Fund, a campaign by United Fort Worth to raise funds for those not convicted of a crime, but who remain incarcerated because they can't afford bail.
  • Recipe spin: Black cherries and Belgian yeast.
  • Availability: Early July.
  • Beneficiary: Beersgiving, an organization advocating for diversity in the brewing industry.
  • Recipe spin: Black cake.
  • Availability: Late July.
  • Recipe spin: Maple and vanilla.
  • Availability: Early July.
  • Beneficiary: NAACP - Dallas, an organization whose mission is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons, and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
  • Recipe spin: Hazelnuts.
  • Availability: Mid-July.
  • Beneficiary: Know Your Rights Camp, a campaign for youth to raise awareness on higher education, self-empowerment and interacting with law enforcement.
Odd Muse Brewing Co., Farmers Branch
  • Beneficiary: Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT), an organization whose mission is to create a radically inclusive city by addressing race and racism through narrative change, relationship building and equitable policies and practices.
  • Availability: Mid-July.
On Rotation, Dallas
  • Beneficiary: $8CantWait, a project by Campaign Zero designed to drive eight policies proven to decrease police violence by 72%.
  • Recipe spin: Chocolate and cookie dough.
  • Availability: Mid-July.
  • Beneficiary: Know Your Rights Camp, a campaign for youth to raise awareness on higher education, self-empowerment and interacting with law enforcement.
  • Recipe spin: Marshmallows and cacao nibs.
  • Availability: Mid-July.
Vector Brewing, Dallas
  • Beneficiary: Dallas Black Dance Theatre, an organization whose mission is to create and produce contemporary modern dance performances and educational programs that reach diverse communities.
  • Availability: Late summer.

903 Brewers, Sherman

Brutal Beerworks, North Richland Hills

Denton County Brewing Co., Denton

Oak Highlands Brewery, Dallas

Panther Island Brewing, Fort Worth

For more on the #BlackIsBeautifulBeer collaboration, visit the initiative's website at

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