Editor’s note: The Black is Beautiful Backyard BBQ has been postponed to Friday, June 17, due to weather. The beer is still available for sale
Corktown’s Batch Brewing Company is taking part in an international collaboration that has a focus on fighting injustices and local philanthropy, along with launching a new beer to raise awareness.
Made of bourbon barrel, dark chocolate, raspberry, espresso and a 10% dash of alcohol by volume, Batch Brewing Company is ready to launch its version of Black is Beautiful beer next Friday after the original event was postponed due to weather. The beer will be released at the 1400 Porter St. location during the Black is Beautiful Backyard BBQ, in partnership with Brewz Brothaz, a podcast platform on craft beer for the culture.
“I appreciate Batch Brewing Company for our relationship in general, and in particular for adopting the project and creating a truly great beer,” said Brewz Brothaz podcaster Harry Weaver III in a news release. “The fact is that none of the participating breweries have to do this. The fact that Batch has chosen to do it says a lot about who they are.”
Over 900 breweries in the world are participating in the Black is Beautiful collaboration. The idea originated at the Weathered Souls Brewing Co. in San Antonio. The goal is to raise awareness of injustices that people of color face and to donate to police reform programs and legal defense organizations, according to a news release.
“It was important for our friends in the community to know that we stand with them in ongoing struggles for racial equality,” said Stephen Roginson, founder and owner of Batch Brewing Company. “To be able to put our money where our mouth is is really important to how Batch Brewing Company operates.”
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Batch Brewing Company will make a contribution from the event’s proceeds to The Bail Project, which is a national nonprofit that is working to end mass incarceration and provides bail assistance.
Roginson says that many people do not have access to legal representation resources, or to even stay out of the system while they seek help. The brewery owner says that The Bail Project was ‘the perfect fit’ to contribute to for the Black is Beautiful campaign.
“Every donation and dollar goes into the bail fund, which aids somebody who can’t afford to pay their own bail,” said Asia Johnson, a bail disruptor for The Bail Project. “After thes to a close, whether they’re found guilty, innocent or charges are dismissed, we get that money back and we’re able to use the money again and again.”
Since The Bail Project within the Detroit Justice Center started in 2018, it has posted bail for over 350 people. Last month, over 200,000 businesses, organizations and individuals contributed about $16 million nationally.
“I think it’s really important for businesses like this to support The Bail Project because it really shows the depth of the community,” said Megan Diebboll, a bail disruptor for The Bail Project. “The community comes together to fight the injustices that are happening every day in the city.”
Proceeds from the Batch Brewing Company’s Black is Beautiful beer will also go toward transportation to and from court, along with resources to support clients after jail.