Originally published in The Equity Star monthly newsletter for our August edition. Sign up for our email list to get more stories, recipes, new announcements, and other fun things sent straight to your inbox!
Beer names at Equity Brewing Company have special meaning to us. We love making and serving delicious and creative brews, but we are also committed to raising awareness about and promoting concepts that are critical for positive social change. This "Sipping Statement" series will share with you some of the inspiration behind our brews and their names. This first sip is about Equity's Solidarity Saison - the first beer that we brewed repeatedly to (1) learn how to brew and (2) try out different ingredients and yeast strains. It was our "first born," so to speak. The Solidarity Saison went through several iterations before we settled on the recipe we brew today. We chose the Saison because it is a relatively broad style that can include a variety of flavors. Historically, the Saison (French for "season") was brewed in farmhouses in the French-speaking region of Belgium. Also known as a Belgian Farmhouse Ale, Saisons were brewed by farm workers to enjoy after a long day in the fields. Hannah and I have an affinity for French words given we are Grillots with French heritage. But we also deeply appreciate labor - the workers of the world - like the farmhouse workers who created great beer and the billions of others who work to create, enjoy, endure, and persist in this life. We brew this beer in solidarity with those who labor around the world - and we dream of a society in which solidarity is something everyone feels and experiences. Three cheers to Solidarity!!!