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Pennsylvania Breweries Team Up to Make a Beer Supporting Black Lives Matter

The Black Is Beautiful stout is available as a limited release

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Brothers Mengistu and Richard Koilor own Two Locals Brewing Co. in Philadelphia.
Courtesy of Love City Brewing

Two Black-owned Pennsylvania breweries and a malt house teamed up to produce a “Black Is Beautiful” beer to raise money for Black Lives Matter Philly. The imperial stout is for sale starting at noon on Wednesday, July 15, through Love City Brewing.

The Black Is Beautiful beer project was started by Weathered Souls Brewing Co., a Black-owned brewery in San Antonio, Texas. Weathered Souls is providing the recipe and the design for the label to breweries around the country and asking the breweries to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to local groups that work toward police brutality reform and legal defenses. According to Scott Broussard of Double Eagle Malt in Huntingdon Valley, who says he is Pennsylvania’s only Black maltster, 1,000 breweries have made the Black Is Beautiful beer so far.

In Philly, Broussard worked with Pennsylvania’s first Black-owned breweries, Harris Family Brewery in Harrisburg and Two Locals Brewing in Philadelphia, to produce the beer. Both are in the process of opening, but the openings have been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Love City Brewing in Callowhill lent its facility and materials.

two men in pandemic fact masks, one which says i can’t breathe, holding cans of beer that say black is beautiful
Tim White and Shaun Harris of Harris Family Brewery
Courtesy of Love City Brewing

The brewers met up at Love City on June 20 to create the stout, adding toasted coconut to Weathered Souls’s recipe. They describe the finished product as having “huge espresso and dark chocolate notes” with a “light, nutty sweetness” thanks to the coconut.

The Black Is Beautiful beer is available as a limited release at Love City’s taproom (1023 Hamilton Street) and online. The breweries are planning future barrel-aged releases.

cans of beer that say black is beautiful
In Philly, the Black Is Beautiful beer is produced by Two Locals Brewing, Harris Family Brewery, and Double Eagle Malt in collaboration with Love City Brewing.
Courtesy of Love City Brewing