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Where to Find Black Is Beautiful Beers in Los Angeles

Beer has been giving back lately.

First, there was the Resilience Butte County Proud IPA, the 2018 beer Sierra Nevada created to raise money for the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund, which ended up raising millions of dollars to help victims of the deadly Northern California fire that blazed the previous November. Then there was this summer’s All Together, Other Half’s IPA to support hospitality professionals amid the coronavirus pandemic, with a recipe that other breweries could use to create their own hazy or West Coast versions and donate part of the proceeds to the local charity of their choice, as long as it supported the bar and restaurant community.

Now, Black Is Beautiful is the latest beer being brewed for an important cause: to raise awareness to help fight the injustices faced by people of color on a daily basis and raise funds for police reform and legal defense funds. The project was created by Marcus Baskerville, the founder and head brewer of Weathered Souls Brewing in San Antonio, Texas, who decided on a high ABV stout to showcase different shades of black.

Brewers are encouraged to put their own spins on Baskerville’s open-source recipe, which helps drive the metaphor home, and it’s a truly delicious way to take a stand and show support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The main goal is to raise awareness. Baskerville felt it was important to use his platform, especially as a Black business owner in an industry that has largely ignored or minimized people of color. “I was dealing with some of the frustrations that were going on with murders,” he told Forbes of what helped push him to create a collaborative beer. “Breonna Taylor, George Floyd. All of these situations that keep arising.”

More than 1,000 breweries in all 50 states, as well as 20 countries, have opted into the project, with 123 of them right here in California. While Weather Souls is raising money for Colin Kaepernick’s organization Know Your Rights Camp, each individual brewery is encouraged to choose a non-profit or cause of their choice, and Los Angeles County breweries are doing just that.

Hopped LA has all the info on which of our local breweries are making Black Is Beautiful, how they’ve tweaked the recipe, and what cause they’re donating to. In addition to those on the map, Crowns and Hops has put out a version that will benefit Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and the Anti Police-Terror Project (their taproom isn’t open yet), and a number of homebrewers have made versions as well.

Here’s to sippin’ on good beer for a good cause!

Ambitious Ales

4019 Atlantic Ave | Long Beach

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ABV: 11%

Their Version: An Imperial Stout aged one year in bourbon barrels. Thick, rich and bold with nuances of oaky vanilla and bitter dark chocolate.

Cause: 100% of the profits will be donated to the Okra Project, a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black transgender people through home-cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources.

Released: July 22

Availability: $10/16 oz. can

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Brouwerij West

110 E 22nd St | San Pedro

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ABV: 10%

Their Version: Imperial Stout

Cause: 100% of the profits will be donated to Know Your Rights Camp and the National Black Food and Justice Alliance.

Released: July 15

Availability: 16 oz. cans and 32 oz. crowlers

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Angel City Brewery

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ABV: 10%

Their Version: A rich, moderately sweet stout with notes of dark chocolate and a roasty finish.

Cause: Proceeds will be donated to the NAACP.

Released: July 23

Availability: $14/6-pack

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Common Space Brewery

3411 West El Segundo Blvd | Hawthorne

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ABV: 7%

Their Version: A smooth, roasty, chocolatey stout.

Cause: not known

Released: July 30

Availability: $16/4-pack

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Firestone Walker Propagator

3205 Washington Blvd | Venice

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ABV: 10%

Their Version: An Imperial Stout consisting of a blend of Woodford Reserve-aged Parabola (30%), Heaven Hill-aged Velvet Merkin (15%), and a fresh imperial stout brewed at the Propagator (55%).

Cause: A donation will be made to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Released: July 24

Availability: $19.99/4-pack

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Frogtown Brewery

2931 Gilroy St | Frogtown

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ABV: 10%

Their Version: An Imperial Stout on Madagascar Vanilla Beans and Cacao with notes of roasted chocolate and caramel.

Cause: 100% of proceeds will be donated to Black Lives Matter LA and Know Your Rights Camp.

Released: August 24

Availability: $20/4-pack

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Highland Park Brewery

1220 N Spring St | Downtown LA

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ABV: 10.5%

Their Version: Imperial stout that features coconut, cacao nibs, & chilis.

Cause: 100% of proceeds will be donated to ACLU of Southern California.

Released: September 18

Availability: $18/bottle

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Indie Brewing Co

2350 Sunrise Street, C-100 | Downtown LA

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ABV: 10%

Their Version:  An Imperial Stout brewed in collaboration with @beersagogo.

Cause: All proceeds Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Action Bail Fund.

Released: Aug. 7

Availability: $22/4-pack

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Liberation Brewing Co

3630 Atlantic Ave | Long Beach

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ABV: 8%

Their Version: Smooth 8% Imperial Stout with notes of Baker’s chocolate, deep dark fruit, toasty bread crust, and a lingering finish.

Cause: Proceeds will be donated to Black Lives Matter Long Beach.

Released: July 30

Availability: $14/32oz crowler

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Lincoln Beer Company

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ABV: 10%

Their Version: Imperial Stout with aromas of dark berry and chocolate and tastes of blonde coffee and more chocolate.

Cause: 100% of proceeds will go to the Los Angeles Urban League.

Released: August 30

Availability: $12/25oz shorty crowler

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Long Beach Beer Lab

518 W Willow St | Long Beach

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ABV: 10%

Their Version: A decadent and smooth fudgy Imperial Stout.

Cause: Proceeds will be donated to the Long Beach Gray Panthers and the CA Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ).

Released: July 12

Availability: $8.99/16 oz. can

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Los Angeles Ale Works

12918 Cerise Ave | Hawthorne

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ABV: 10%

Their Version: Imperial Stout w/Coconut and Cacao

Cause: Proceeds will be donated on a national level to Equal Justice Initiative and on a local level to Centinela Youth Services.

Released: July 10

Availability: Crowler-only at their taproom, but 4-packs still available at select beer retailers.

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Monkish Brewing Co

20311 S Western Ave | Torrance

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ABV: 10%

Their Version: Imperial Stout

Cause: 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Released: July 3

Availability: Sold Out

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Mumford Brewing Co

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ABV: 10%

Their Version: Imperial Stout brewed with coffee and cacao.

Cause: Proceeds will be donated to ACLU of Southern California.

Released: June 30

Availability: $20/4-pack

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Ogopogo Brewing Co

864 Commercial Ave. | San Gabriel

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ABV: 10%

Their Version: Pastry Stout with Ugandan and Mexican Vanilla beans, Heart Roasters Ethiopia Gedeb coffee, and cinnamon.

Cause: All proceeds will be donated to Color of Change.

Released: July 15

Availability: $24/4-pack

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Sage Vegan Bistro & Brewery

1700 Sunset Blvd | Echo Park

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ABV: N/A

Their Version: N/A

Cause: N/A

Released: Late August

Availability: N/A

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Santa Monica Brew Works

1920 Colorado Ave, Suite C | Santa Monica

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Smog City Brewing Co

1901 Del Amo Boulevard #B | Torrance

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ABV: 7%

Their Version: Stout with notes of chocolate and sweet roasted malt and a smooth, delicate finish.

Cause: Donations will be made to Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and the People’s City Council.

Released: July 8

Availability: $16/4-pack

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Timeless Pints Brewing Co

1031 W Manchester Blvd | Inglewood

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ABV: 8.2%

Their Version: Imperial Stout

Cause: All proceeds will be donated to California Center for Equality and Justice.

Released: July 30

Availability: $8/can

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Trademark Brewing

233 E Anaheim St | Long Beach

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ABV: 10%

Their Version: Robust Coffee Imperial Stout

Cause: Black Lives Matter Long Beach and Know Your Rights Camp

Released: August 29

Availability: $16.99/4-pack

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Trustworthy Brewing Co

156 West Verdugo Ave | Burbank

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ABV: 10%

Their Version: Imperial Stout

Cause: Proceeds will be donated to the ACLU of Southern California.

Released: August 28

Availability: $20/4-pack

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Twisted Oak Tavern

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Scheduled for release in late August.

Cause: Motivate the Future, a motivational assembly program that focuses on inspiring children and encouraging young people to speak out against bullying at school.

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For more on the Black Is Beautiful project and to find out which other breweries are participating in it, click here.

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