I’m incredibly excited to announce The Queer Brewing Project’s (coincidentally) seventh beer: a collaboration with Tampa, Florida’s 7venth Sun Brewery, which also happens to be the first US collaboration!
Earlier this year, I flew out to St Petersburg, Florida, to attend Good Beer Hunting’s Foeder For Thought symposium, experience Hunahpu’s Day, and catch up with some old friends. It was a whirlwind of a week, and included a whole load of drinking, thinking, and connections old and new. While I was there, I set the wheels in motion for a number of Queer Brewing collabs.
I’ve often said that the roots of this project can be traced back to my exhibition Dinosaurs Will Die in partnership with Marble Brewery, as part of Manchester Beer Week (MBW) 2018. The private view of the exhibition doubled up as the launch of our collaboration beer, and it was an incredibly memorable evening. A well-connected brewery, Marble had invited three women from the St Pete beer scene over for an event for MBW: Devon Kreps, founder of 7venth Sun Brewery; Kristy Wasniewski, of the amazing Independent Bar St Petersburg; and Valeria Niager, Communications Director at Green Bench Brewing Company. They all came along to the Dinosaurs Will Die launch, and that evening, they invited me to visit Florida. 9 months later, I found myself sitting in 7venth Sun’s taproom in Dunedin, a little while north of St Pete, with conspiring with Devon. An hour or so after that, this collaboration was born.
As with many of the beers brewed as part of this project, one of the main aims is approachability: we want anyone to be able to walk into a bar, pub, or taproom, and to be able to pick up one of our beers and enjoy it straight away. Often, the more approachable a beer, the more people can enjoy it; the more people can discover Queer Brewing, and the further a reach our message can have. With that in mind, LOVE is an easy-going, easy-drinking Grapefruit Pale Ale.
Thematically driven by Devon herself, LOVE is a beer to bring people together: “love is one of the best parts of living, so let’s share it with each other.” When everything feels divisive, love is a constant, regardless of difference, and as Devon writes, “we hope it will inspire you to raise a glass/befriend/open your heart/hear the story of someone who looks, talks, or loves differently than you.”
10% of the proceeds of LOVE will be donated to The Trevor Project, an American non-profit organisation that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth, as well as advocating for LGBTQ rights. Proceeds from the Tampa launch night, which is yet to be announced (but which sounds incredible) will also go to The Trevor Project.
We’re currently working on bringing a shipment of this beer over to the UK for limited distribution, and a launch night to live up to Tampa’s—please bear with us whilst we figure out logistics.
HUGE thanks to all involved in the making of this collaboration, including: Devon and the whole 7venth Sun team, Kristy Wasniewski for hosting me in St Pete, Jan Rogers and the Marble Brewery team for facilitating the trip, the project’s generous Patreon supporters who continue to make this possible, and everyone else who’s helped in any way.