East Bay Breweries Join SF Pride Tap Takeover

Alameda Island Brewing and Oakland United Beerworks have crafted special Pride-themed brews.


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Image courtesy of Oakland United Beerworks

Pride Month is in full swing, with San Francisco Pride 2019 marking its 49th anniversary this year.

Part of the festivities is an SF Pride Tap Takeover spanning June 25 through June 30 at San Francisco's Jersey Restaurant — featuring an array of six small-batch Pride-inspired beers made by local breweries, including some East Bay favorites.

Kicking off this year's SF Pride Tap Takeover is San Francisco's Laughing Monk brewery, with proceeds from sales of its Sister Madeline Hazy IPA and Brother Harvey Milk-Shake IPA benefiting the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence nonprofit.

"Our inaugural tap takeover for SF Pride 2018 was such a success, we absolutely wanted to represent this year's array of exceptional local craft beers celebrating SF Pride," said Jersey's general manager Ryan Dixon.

"It's exciting to see more and more brewers releasing Pride beers. Craft beer is often not associated with Pride, so we knew it was a great opportunity to profile this amazing lineup," Dixon said.

Other brews featured during the tap takeover include:

• Pride Not Prejudice Saison from Oakland United Beerworks. A portion of the proceeds from sales of this 4.3 percent ABV beverage made with lemongrass, white peppercorns, and makrut lime leaves will be donated to the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center.

• Taste the Mango from Alameda Island Brewing. A collaboration with their friends Queers Makin' Beers, ths 6.5 percent ABV brew is a hazy IPA with no kettle additions of hops, but an extra-large fermentation and dry hops including El Dorado and Mosaic, plus mango.

• Let Me Pride by Harmonic Brewing. This 6.6 percent ABV brew from San Francisco's Harmonic has notes of lime and tropical fruit. 

• Mary J Pride IPA by Black Hammer. Made with fresh rosemary to evoke the San Francisco brewery's culture of radical self-expression and acceptance, this 8.2 percent ABV beer was designed to honor LGBTQIA pioneers. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Castro District nonprofit Queer Lifespace. 

"With queer folks and queer allies brewing these beers, I think it's indicative of the inclusiveness of SF Pride," Dixon added. "It is a really fun way for everyone to come together during SF Pride 2019."

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