2 NC breweries creating ‘Don’t be Mean to People’ beer in opposition of HB2

Ironclad Brewery to sell beer that opposes HB2. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Two people are combating the brewing issues with House Bill 2 by creating a new beer to promote positivity.

Erik Lars Myers, the Founder and Head Brewer of Mystery Brewing Company in Hillsborough and Keil Jansen, the owner and brew-master of Ponysaurus Brewing Company in Durham, are collaborating to make “Don’t Be Mean to People: a golden rule (saison).”

They are set to brew the beer Saturday in Raleigh, and more than 30 breweries in North Carolina are going to be selling it, including Ironclad Brewery in Wilmington.

Ironclad Brewery’s CEO said breweries serve as an economic and social engine, explaining the brewery is a good place to talk about HB2.

“The whole concept is to take the high road and promote the idea of welcoming,” explained Ted Coughlin, Ironclad Brewery CEO. ”The craft breweries of Wilmington and North Carolina are welcoming to all.”

One hundred percent of the profits earned from this beer will go to two different organizations.

The first is Equality NC, which promotes equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The other is QORDS, an organization that hosts overnight summer camps for gay, lesbian, and transgender youth or kids from LGBTQ families.

Coughlin said he expects residents to be open to the new brew because it encourages kindness.

“Be good to people, be good to others, that’s what we want to do,” said Coughlin.

He said it will take a couple of weeks for the beer to be ready to go, but he expects it to be ready around May 7 or 8.

Watch Carolina in the Morning to hear more.

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