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8 Massachusetts Breweries Helping To Fight Racial Injustice

Join the Black Is Beautiful movement and pick up some seriously great beer.

The fight against inequality, racism, and police violence has taken many forms in recent months - including Black Is Beautiful, a beer collaboration organized by Marcus Baskerville, the founder and head brewer of Weathered Souls Brewing in San Antonio.

Baskerville made the recipe for his imperial-style Black Is Beautiful stout public (you can even brew it at home), and is donating proceeds from sales to the Know Your Rights Camp. He then asked his fellow brewers to put their own spin on his stout, or use their own recipes - all they had to do was agree to donate 100% of proceeds to racial justice organizations.

Since launching in mid-June, over 1,000 breweries in all 50 states (and 20 countries) have joined - including several in Massachusetts. Here are eight breweries where you can pick up a Black Is Beautiful beer today.

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The Breweries

While the taproom at 3Cross in Worcester remains closed, they’re still selling beers to-go and for delivery. Black Is Beautiful is one of those beers, brewed exactly the way Weathered Souls is brewing theirs. All profits will be split equally between Legendary Legacies, a local non-profit helping young men develop life skills, and the NAACP.


Castle Island is another spot that went straightforward with this one, using the original recipe and brewing a 10% ABV stout. They’re sending proceeds to support the NAACP Legal Defense Fund - four packs can be ordered here.


Lord Hobo Brewing Company

Lord Hobo is also essentially sticking to the original recipe, albeit with a lower ABV version (7% instead of the 10%) that makes it slightly easier to sip. They’re selling four packs to-go, and supporting the NAACP.


Harpoon is brewing a "Dry Hopped Tropical Stout," a blend that has flavors of dried fruit and molasses. It's available on tap and in to-go crowlers, with four packs available beginning in October. All proceeds are benefiting the NAACP in both Boston and Vermont.


Old Planters in Beverly is brewing an imperial toffee stout that’s inspired by a salted toffee donut from the nearby Half Baked Cafe at Beverly Farms. On a personal note, we’ll probably pick up both the beer (which can be pre-ordered on their website) and donut. All profits are being directed toward the NAACP.


Lost Shoe Brewing & Roasting Company

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Lost Shoe in Marlborough also happens to be a coffee roastery, so it should come as no surprise that its iteration is infused with freshly roasted coffee from Burundi, and also blended with various malts. This 10% ABV beer can be ordered here - they’re donating to the Boston chapter of Black Lives Matter.


Trillium is pouring a version of Black Is Beautiful that includes 20% of an unreleased rum and bourbon barrel-aged beer, adding significant complexity to the original stout. It’s currently on tap at the Canton location, and available in cans at Fort Point - with profits being donated to Lawyers for Civil Rights, Boston.


This South Shore brewery, with locations in Worcester and Foxborough, has been brewing beers from locally sourced ingredients since 2010. They’ve added lactose and chocolate to the original stout recipe to make an imperial milk stout that supposedly tastes like brownies. All proceeds will be donated to Fresh Start in Worcester, a mental health foundation for youths in the criminal justice system. You can place a to-go order here.


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