During these uncertain times, we all have ways of coping. I see plenty of people baking bread, choreographing entire dance routines, and even completing long-overdue home projects themselves. I am not these people, and I am coping with beer.
Even as New Jersey breweries struggle to implement home delivery, curbside pickup, and online ordering, it’s easy to forget that millions of brewers, restaurant staff, and delivery folks are still going to be affected.
Other Half Brewing in Brooklyn wanted to see if they could help, so they brewed an “open source” beer and gave away both the recipe and artwork to anyone who wanted to brew it. The only thing they asked in return is that a portion of the proceeds go to supporting hospitality professionals in the brewery’s community.
All Together is a NEIPA, and breweries can put their own spin on the recipe. Depending on where you get it, no two brews may taste the same. So keep an eye out for your favorite brewery’s version.
Last night I had the pleasure of trying Lakewood based Icarus Brewing’s take on All Together which is hopped with Mosaic, Cascade, and Columbus and then dry hopped with Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic, and Cascade. It’s worth searching out if you like notes of orange & papaya in your IPAs, and if you like supporting a good cause.
At the end of the day, this beer – and philosophy – is about community. Is this brew going to help me home-school a fourth grader alone while also attempting to work full-time? Well, yeah, actually it may. But at the very least, it’s a small way to support an industry that probably has it way worse than I do right now.
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